WHAT IS A MAMMAL STRANDING?
A marine mammal is stranded only if it is unable to return to its natural habitat without assistance. Stranded mammals also include dead animals on the beach or in the water. Please don’t move or touch the animal.
If you see a dead, injured or stranded mammal along the Strait of Juan de Fuca call:
Feiro Marine Life Center at 360-417-6254
West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network Hotline at 1-866-767-6114
For law enforcement, harassment, and other violations, please call NOAA: 1-800-853-1964
SHARE THE COAST WITH SEALS
Harbor seal pups need to rest on shore. Late June through September is harbor seal birthing season and you may see pups on the shore. The pups haul out on land to get much needed rest and warmth. They sleep peacefully on the beaches and rocks, often alone for hours. Seal pups come ashore to regulate their temperature and gain strength for their survival. A pup alone on the shore is not necessarily abandoned or sick. Harbor seal mothers are very shy and will not return to their young if they do not feel safe. So observe from a distance, never disturb, touch or move a seal pup and at all times keep dogs away.
Once a year Northern elephant seals come ashore to molt. The molt is called an epidermal molt and is a unique characteristic of elephant seals. During the molt they shed their fur and the first layer of skin. The skin and fur come off in sheets as new skin and fur replace old. When the molt is finished, the animals have silver fur.