Stranded Whale
Head-on view of Right Whale lying on the right-dorsal side.
Baleen and upper jaw (left) and tongue under lower jaw (center).

Stranding and Entanglement Information and Links

Blue Whale Stranding

A slide show on the Blue Whale (67 foot long) Stranding in Newport RI on March 8, 1998.

Washed Ashore

An Interdisciplinary Educational Scientific Inquiry Based on the Necropsy of a Beached Whale" by Melinda Forist and Brian Forist.

Right Whale Dissection

The 45-foot, 50-ton whale was discovered dead in Cape Cod Bay April 20 and was towed to the beach in Wellfleet before dawn April 21 so scientists could try to determine the cause of death.

Sperm Whale Dissection and Articulation

What is inside a whale? Find out here!!

Marine Mammal Care Center, San Pedro, California

The primary work is the treatment and return to the wild of rescued sick and injured California Sea Lions, Northern Elephant Seals, Northern Fur Seals, and Harbor Seals.

The College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine

Allied Whale is the only organization in the state of Maine authorized by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to respond to marine mammal emergencies and strandings, and they cover the area from mid-coast Maine to the Canadian border.

The Marine Mammal Stranding Center, Brigantine, New Jersey

The MMSC manages activities in the event of a stranding along the central Atlantic coast of the United States.

The Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network

The TMMSN conducts a variety of training and rescue activities along the Gulf coast of the United States.


The Center for Coastal Studies, located in Provincetown, Massachusetts, is an independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to research, conservation, and public education for the coastal and marine environments. These activities are conducted under a federal letter of authorization from NOAA Fisheries.
Since 1984, the Center for Coastal Studies has disentangled many large whales using a technique developed by Center staff. The Center is the only organization on the East Coast that performs this service.
Right Whale Entanglment Reports

ORRCA - Marine Mammal Rescue in Australia

Orrca Inc is a volunteer group dedicated to marine mammal rescue and research. We care for the whales, dolphins, seals and dugongs living in Australian waters.

The Northeast Marine Animal Lifeline, Biddeford, Maine

The Northeast Marine Animal Lifeline is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of marine animals. The Lifeline responds to marine mammal strandings in central and southern Maine, and is licensed under the authority of the New England Aquarium / National Marine Fisheries Service. Email NMAL

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