Stranded Marine Animals

Fraser's dolphins
Fraser's dolphins, part of a mass stranding of 8 animals in March 2005 in Bookelia, FL
(Lagenodelphis hosei)
Photo Credit: Mote Marine Lab

green turtle
Green Turtle
(Chelonia mydas)
Photo Credit: Andy Bruckner, NOAA

Stranded Marine Mammals: Dolphins and Whales

The NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) is the base for the Southeast U.S. Marine Mammal Stranding Program. NMFS authorizes organizations and volunteers under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) to respond to marine mammal strandings throughout the United States. These organizations form the stranding network whose participants are trained to respond to, and collect samples from live and dead marine mammals that strand along southeastern United State beaches.

Stranded Sea Turtles

The Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network (STSSN) was formally established in 1980 to collect information on and document strandings of marine turtles along the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts. The network encompasses the coastal areas of the eighteen-state region from Maine to Texas, and includes portions of the U.S. Caribbean.

More Information


This document was last modified on: