We're responding to marine mammal strandings.
The San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network began operating as a program of The Whale Museum in 1981. It operates under the auspices of the National Marine Fisheries Service through a Stranding Agreement which allows responders to investigate, collect data and potentially handle live and dead marine mammals.
Most of our live strandings involve harbor seal pups. When appropriate, some live animals are transported to Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Dead animals in fresh condition are studied through necropsies (animal autopsies) conducted at the University of Washington Friday Harbor Labs by scientists from The Whale Museum and the SeaDoc Society.
By working with local residents and visitors to the San Juan Islands who, by circumstance, encounter a dead or injured marine mammal, we are providing a long-lasting educational experience that builds a stewardship ethic in those it touches. The Stranding Network provides invaluable scientific information, helping us to monitor the health of marine mammal populations and their ecosystem in the San Juan Islands.
Since 2002, the Network has been largely funded by the John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program. The NW Regional office in Seattle recently compiled statistics on all the Stranding Networks operating in Washington and Oregon. Click here to link to this interesting report containing broad information on the NW Regional efforts as well as specific information related to the San Juan Islands.
Current volunteers can log in here to file reports.