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Report ocean and coastal sightings

Oil Sightings

West Coast Oil Spill hot-line


San Francisco Bay area


Oiled Wildlife


U.S. Coast Guard National Response Center


1-(866)-442-9650 (Claims Hotline)

Live Marine Mammals

NOAA 24/7 toll free hotline

distressed or entangled marine mammals
1-800-SOS-WHALE (1-877-767-9425)

The Marine Mammal Center

Marin Headlands, GGNRA
Sausalito, CA 94965

The Marine Mammal Center's

Moss Landing branch
(831) 633-6298

Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center

389 North Hope Avenue
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

Northcoast Marine Mammal Center

424 Howe Drive
Crescent City, CA 95531

Monterey Bay Aquarium

(831) 648-4840 (24-hour emergency line)

California Department of Fish and Game

Sacramento, CA
(916) 653-7764

PUBLIC WARNING  "Do not touch, pick up or feed stranded animals.  Do not return the animal to the water. Seals and sea lions temporarily 'haul out' on land to rest and mothers briefly leave their pups while at sea.  A beached whale or dolphin should be reported immediately. Observe the animal from a distance of at least 50 feet.  Keep people and dogs away.  It is illegal for unauthorized persons to touch, harass, or prompt the animal in any way to change the natural behavior. It is also stressful to the animal!"


Live or Dead Sea Otters

California Sea Otter Hotline


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Dept.

Ventura, California

California Marine Mammal Center

(415) 289-SEAL

Monterey County SPCA

(831) 373-2631


Dead Marine Mammals

Vertebrate Museum

Humboldt State University
Arcata, CA 95521

Long Marine Laboratories

University of California
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
831-459-2883 or 212-1272

Museum of Vertebrate

University of California
3101 Valley Life Sciences
Berkeley, CA 94720

Ornithology and Mammalogy Lab Moss Landing Marine Labs

8272 Moss Landing Rd
Moss Landing, CA 95039

Department of Ornithology and Mammalogy

California Academy of Sciences
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118

Vertebrate Laboratory

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta Del Sol Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

More listings at: NOAA Office of Protected Resources

For information about HABs and shellfish safety: California Department of Public Health, Shellfish Information Line: 800-553-4133

CDPH Preharvest Shellfish Protection and Marine Biotoxin Monitoring Program
To report a red tide or other unusual marine sighting:

Live and Dead Seabirds:

Oiled Wildlife Care Network
University of California, Davis
(530) 752-4167 (One bird)
(916) 556-7509 (multiple birds)
877-823-6926 (toll-free)

Oiled Wildlife Care and Education Center (IBRRC)
San Francisco Bay
4369 Cordelia Road
Fairfield, CA 94534
(707) 207-0380

International Bird Rescue Research Center
Suisun City, Solano County

Monterey SPCA Wildlife Rescue
Live birds

Santa Cruz Native Animal Rescue 
Live birds
(831) 462-0726

Santa Rosa Bird Rescue Center
Sonoma County