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How to Report a Dead Whale

If you find a dead marine mammal in Nova Scotia please call
The Marine Animal Response Society Hotline at:


You should:

  • Try to provide MARS with the following information:
  1. The exact location of the animal (beach, closest town etc.)
  2. The location of the animal(s)
  3. The number of dead animals
  4. The time that you first sighted the dead animal(s)
  5. The species of the animal, if you are able to identify it
  6. A description of the animal (size, colouring, and other physical features; see identification keys and species profiles)
  7. A description of the animal's condition. Are there any open wounds? Is there anything attached to the animal (rope, plastic etc.)
  8. Does it have any identification tags or markings?
  • Photographs are invaluable. If at all possible, please photograph the animal from all visible angles and of all wounds or injuries.
  • Keep dogs and other people from touching the carcass. Make sure that no one interferes with the remains as the carcass may provide valuable scientific information and can carry diseases.
  • If the carcass is likely to wash away, please secure the animal to a nearby tree or large rock (if possible). Be careful not to touch the animal too much and wear gloves.
  • Do NOT touch, pick up, or try to move the animal. Dead animals can carry diseases. If you are a trained member of MARS, you may be asked to collect further samples, data and photographs.
Courtesy: Marine Animal Response Society http://marineanimals.ca/