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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 Western Australian Oiled Wildlife Response Manual have been prepared in collaboration with the Department of Transport and the Australian Marine Oil Spill Centre (AMOSC) on behalf of the petroleum industry.

The Plan establishes the framework for responding to potential or actual oiled wildlife impacts in WA waters, within the framework of an overall maritime environmental emergency. The Manual aims to standardise operating procedures, protocols and processes for oiled wildlife response.

pdfWA Oiled Wildlife Response Manual.pdf4.91 MB

 pdfWA Oiled Wildlife Response Plan.pdf1.61 MB