Report a Stranding

To report a marine mammal or sea turtle sighting/stranding in NJ,

PLEASE CALL the Marine Mammal Stranding Center

24-Hour Hotline  609-266-0538 

(PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL or FB MESSAGE US - they are NOT checked 24/7)

Other Northeast Regional Stranding Network Members:

(Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia)

To report a stranding in states other than New Jersey, call the NOAA 24-hour Emergency Hotline: 866-755-6622 and follow the prompts.


PLEASE NOTE: It is against the law to feed or harass wild animals

Don't Feed Wild Dolphins

Dolphins are hunters, not beggars...

but when people offer them food, dolphins, like most animals, take the easy way out. They learn to beg for a living, lose their fear of humans, and do dangerous things.

They swim too close to churning boat propellers...

and can be severely injured. They learn to associate people with food and can become entangled in fishing lines/nets while seeking humans out and die as a result. They can also get sick from eating bait and human food like beer, pretzels, candy, and hot dogs.

Dolphin scientists have proof of injuries...

feeding wild dolphins disrupts their social groups, which in turn threatens their ability to survive in the wild. Young dolphins do not survive if their mothers compete with them for handouts and don't teach them to hunt.

Dozens of bites have been reported...

and people have been pulled under the water. A woman who fed a pair of dolphins and then jumped in the water to swim with them was bitten. "I literally ripped my left leg out of its mouth," she said during her week stay in the hospital. Dolphins are not water toys or pets... the Flipper myth of a friendly wild dolphin has given us the wrong idea. Flipper was actually a trained, captive dolphin who did not bite the hand that fed him. However, truly wild dolphins will bite when they are angry, frustrated, or afraid. When people try to swim with wild dolphins, the dolphins are disturbed. Dolphins who have become career moochers can get pushy, aggressive and threatening when they don't get the hand-out they expect.

It is against the law to feed or harass wild dolphins.