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Stranded dolphin

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Stranded whales or dolphins

Parks and Wildlife officers respond to dolphin strandings.

If you see a stranded or distressed whale or dolphin call the Wildcare Helpline on (08) 9474 9055.

What you can do:

  • Put your safety first.
  • Call the Wildcare Helpline on (08) 9474 9055 – a Parks and Wildlife wildlife officer will arrive as soon as they can.
  • While waiting, try to be quiet.
  • Keep the animal’s skin moist with buckets of water if possible, avoiding the blowhole.
  • Listen to and follow the wildlife officer's instructions.

What NOT to do:

  • DO NOT put the safety of yourself or others at risk.
  • DO NOT stand close to the tail or head.
  • DO NOT attempt to push the animal back out to sea – this will only add to its suffering.
  • DO NOT apply sunscreen even if the animal’s skin is burnt.

Information on strandings for common Western Australian whales and dolphins