Marine Mammal Stranding Network for the Central North Carolina Coast
The Marine Mammal Stranding Network for the Central Coast of North Carolina is supported with funding from the John H. Prescott Foundation, the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, and the North Carolina State University Center for Marine Sciences and Technology.
Our Mission: To investigate strandings and improve our understanding of the biology of marine mammals that inhabit our local waters, so that we may enhance their conservation.
Reporting a Stranded Marine Mammal
To report a stranded marine mammal in Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Pamlico, Hyde, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, Washington, (dead or alive):
Call the 24-hour hotline 252-241-5119
Please have the following information ready to report:
Number of animal(s) involved
Condition of animal(s): alive, injured, dead
Detailed location of animal(s) including address (street, town, county) or GPS location (if possible)
Description of animal(s) including photos if possible, including
Size, color, dorsal fin markings, etc.
Name and telephone number of person reporting so we can return the call
Date and time of your observation
*Please do not attempt to push the animal back into the water*
Thank you for taking the time to report strandings!
For Other Locations
To report a marine mammal stranding in Cape Hatteras National Seashore, call 252-216-6892.
To report a marine mammal stranding north of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, call 252-455-9654.
To report a marine mammal stranding south of Hammocks Beach State Park, call 910-515-7354.