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Stranded dolphin

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Stranded whales or dolphins

Parks and Wildlife Service 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

Whale entanglements

 Oiled wildlife response

The Western Australian Oiled Wildlife Response Plan (WAOWRP) and the Pilbara Region Oiled Wildlife Response Plan (PROWRP) were released on 08/09/2014 and 27/10/2014 respectively as working documents. The WAOWRP and PROWRP are joint plans produced by Parks and Wildlife and the Australian Marine Oil Spill Centre (AMOSC) on behalf of the petroleum industry. These plans provide guidance to all Oiled Wildlife Response in state waters and can be used as guidance for commonwealth waters surrounding WA for both Parks and Wildlife and petroleum titleholders.

Any questions or feedback regarding these plans can be directed to Dr Stuart Field at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    pdfWestern Australian Oiled Wildlife Response Plan (WAOWRP)2.68 MB

    pdfPilbara Region Oiled Wildlife Response Plan (PROWRP)3.85 MB