When marine mammals end up live or dead on beaches or in shallow water, we call it “stranding.” They may be sick from disease or pollutants, or they may be disoriented. Some recover, while many others die.
For centuries, humans have tried to figure out why these strandings occur. In the case of a single animal, it is often due to sickness or old age. Mass strandings, which typically involve “social” species, like dolphins and pilot whales, are more puzzling.
A federal program funds the studies necessary to determine the cause of strandings. With Congress currently seeking ways to cut budgets, money for stranding response is on the line.
Stranding response not only saves the lives of dolphins and whales; it can help safeguard human health. A few years ago, the stranding program discovered that sea lions were dying due to a toxic organism in the food they were eating—food that humans eat as well.
Marine mammals can be an early warning of problems in the ocean ecosystem on which both they and we depend. You can help by letting your elected officials know that you support funding this work.
If you find an animal stranded on a beach, call the police immediately.
News & Events
March 28, 2013
"Big Miracle," inspired by historic whale rescue, shows the power of the human/animal bond and the power of media to help animals. It also tells a great story.
March 14, 2013
HSI y la HSUS Felicitan a las Partes de CITES por Decisión Final de Proteger Ciertas Especies de Tiburones y Mantarrayas del Comercio Internacional
Una delegación de Humane Society International y la Humane Society of the United States defendió más de 40 propuestas para proteger la vida silvestre de las amenazas que presenta la explotación comercial internacional durante la 16ta reunión de CITES en Bangkok.
March 16, 2012
In recognition of our work to protect marine life, Buffalo Exchange pledged all proceeds from the sale of items priced at one dollar during Buffalo Exchange’s Dollar Day Sale on Saturday, April 21, 2012, as donations to HSI and The HSUS.
September 29, 2010
The HSUS and the Humane Society Legislative Fund expressed appreciation for the leadership provided by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in pushing for passage of a series of bipartisan animal welfare measures on the Senate floor.
February 14, 2014
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife recently seized 2,000 pounds of illegal shark fins from a San Francisco merchant. That merchant is a part of an association whose members sold and distributed shark fins to restaurants and grocery stores and who had sued the State of California challenging the constitutionality of the state’s ban on the sale and trade of shark fins. In the wake of this major bust, the association has voluntarily dismissed its legal challenge.
January 6, 2014
China, the world’s largest market for ivory products, destroyed 6.1 tons of its confiscated stockpile. The momentous event occurred in Guangzhou, a southern port city and main transit and destination point in the global ivory trade.
September 13, 2013
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service immediately listed the southern white rhino as a threatened species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, giving the species greater protection from poaching. With two or three rhinos poached every day for their horns, conservationists believe that within a few years’ time, there will be no more rhinos in the wild in Africa.
August 27, 2013
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision to keep in place California’s law that bans the sale, trade and possession of shark fins in the state.