Law Enforcement

Info for reporting seal injuries and strandings

For Cape Cod Mainland
Contact IFAW

For the rest of Massachusetts
(including: North Shore, South Shore, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard)
Contact New England Aquarium

Tips for the Caller

  • Seals are dangerous and will bite and attack if they feel threatened. Protect yourself andminimize stress to the seal by keeping a safe distance at which the seal isn’t visibly agitated.
  • It’s always best for the caller to report the seal since they have the onsite information. They should be prepared to leave a message with a call-back number and detailed information about the nature of the injury and their location. It’s ok if they don’t know the species of seal.
  • Not all seals that are hauled up on land are injured. Many are just resting. Seals that have visible wounds, netting, or other human paraphernalia wrapped around a body part should definitely be reported. When in doubt, report it!

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