How to Report a Dead Whale
If you find a dead marine mammal in Nova Scotia
The Marine Animal Response Society Hotline at:
- Try to provide MARS with the following information:
- The exact location of the animal (beach, closest town etc.)
- The location of the animal(s)
- The number of dead animals
- The time that you first sighted the dead animal(s)
- The species of the animal, if you are able to identify it
- A description of the animal (size, colouring, and other physical features; see identification keys and species profiles)
- A description of the animal's condition. Are there any open wounds? Is there anything attached to the animal (rope, plastic etc.)
- 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.
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