Gray Whale / Photo from NOAA by Merrill Gosho

Gray Whale / Photo from NOAA by Merrill Gosho

The Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network (WMMSN) is a 501 (c) (3) state & federal non-profit organization of volunteers who are dedicated to the care of distressed or deceased marine mammals.

Under an authority granted by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), WMMSN does the following:

  • Responds to reports of stranded, distressed or deceased marine mammals
  • Assesses the condition of stranded marine mammals & determines how best to help them
  • Prevents human contact & interference with stranded marine mammals
  • In some cases, careful & safe removal of deceased marine mammals
  • Determines why marine mammals have died, performing necropsies when necessary
  • Determines if stranded/deceased marine mammal poses a biological threat to humans or marine life
  • Educates the public about local marine mammals & how best to cohabitate with them

Use this website to find out about the Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network & discover the many ways that you can help.

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