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Wildlife in distress

Wildlife in distress / stranded / being disturbed

This page shows who to call in order of priority. Thanks to the RNLI & Protecting Wildlife Pembrokeshire Marine Code for supplying this vital information.

Unfortunately strandings, for whatever reason, are quite common on the Pembrokeshire Coast, where over the years, we’ve seen stranded pilot whales, porpoises, beaked whales and during the months of August through to November, seal pups in distress. It’s vital that the right action is taken immediately using the relevant organisations listed below.

Seals / Cetaceans / Turtles

Alive but stranded, in distress and/or being hassled

Call: Welsh Marine Life Rescue (Terry Leadbetter) on 01646 692943, 07970 285086, if no luck call: RSPCA 08705 555999 or Marine Environmental Monitoring (Rod Penrose) on 0800 6520333.

Stranded / floating and already dead

Call: Marine Environmental Monitoring on 0800 6520333.

Unusual sighting e.g. Basking Shark / large Pod of dolphins / any sightings of Turtles?

Call: Sea Trust (Cliff Benson) on 01348 875639

Seabirds / Birds

Alive but stranded / in distress / being disturbed

Call: RSPCA 08705 555999 If no luck call: Bird Rescue (Maria Evans) 01834 814397 07074 059745

Stranded / floating and already dead

Unless large numbers found dead, leave in place. If in a public place and causing problems, then remove the bird wearing suitable protective clothing and gloves and bag and bin it. NB If large numbers dead – especially if oiled, phone Marine Environmental Monitoring 0800 6520333.


Alive but stranded;

You’re unlikely to be able to save jellyfish which have been stranded. So, leave in place. It’s not unusual for large numbers of small jellyfish to wash up on the beach. Warn swimmers if it’s a stinging jellyfish.

For unusual Sightings e.g. lots of big White ‘Barrel’ Jellyfish / or Lions Mane or Portuguese Man O War contact the Marine Conservation Society 01989 566017

If Wildlife is being disturbed by people / boats / kayaks / watercraft etc. contact the Marine Code Officer on 07977 939325