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Please note: It may take us several days to respond to your query. If you are writing to us about a sick, injured, entangled or stranded dolphin or other marine animal, please use the following information to contact first responders:

  • In Manatee and Sarasota, Florida, counties, please call the Mote Marine Laboratory Stranding Investigations Program 24/7 hotline: 888.345.2335.
  • In Florida waters, please call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Wildlife Alert Toll-Free Number: 888.404.3922 (888.404.FWCC), press “7” to speak with an operator. On your cell phone, please dial *FWC or #FWC.
  • Outside of Florida? NOAA Fisheries has a regional stranding response network for reporting sick or injured marine animals. Visit this link to find responders in your local region.
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