Seals, Porpoises, Sea Turtles, Oh My!

What should you do when you see an injured, stranded or deceased marine mammal or sea turtle?

Answer: Call Marine Mammals of Maine

Marine Mammals of Maine (MMoME) is a non-profit organization federally permitted to respond to live and dead marine mammals and sea turtles that are stranded between Kittery and Rockland, Maine. They are experts on our local sea turtles and marine mammals, which include seals, porpoises, dolphins and whales. They operate a 24/7 marine mammal and sea turtle reporting hotline — 1-800-532-9551 — and respond to nearly 300 individual animals annually. Be sure to save this number in your phone so that you can report any live or dead marine mammals or sea turtles when out on the Trail!

Below is some guidance on what to do when you encounter a stranded marine mammal or sea turtle in Maine, as well as some interesting facts about our more common local species. 

What to do when you encounter a live or dead marine mammal or sea turtle that is stranded:

Important facts about Maine’s marine mammals:

Founded in 2011, Marine Mammals of Maine responds to live and dead marine mammal and sea turtle strandings across approximately 2,500 miles of Maine’s coastline, including islands. It operates a triage and rehab center for seals located in Brunswick, Maine, which is the only marine mammal triage facility on the east coast and one of only two rehab centers in the northeast accepting seal patients. MMoME’s mission also includes marine mammal and sea turtle education, conservation and research to better understand these species and their environment. They rely on private and public funding and donations to carry out this critical work.