What To Do If You See a Stranded
Marine Mammal in Orange County


Don't touch the animal. Don't pick it up. Don't pour water on it.

Don't feed the animal! They are wild animals and can bite. They also are easily stressed by humans.

Do not return the animal to the water. Seals and sea lions temporarily "haul-out" of the water and go on land to rest. This is normal behavior, so not all animals will need our help.

Please keep your distance in order to give the animal the best chance of survival. Politely keep other people away from the animal.


Call Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) at (949) 494-3050.
Ask to speak with our animal care department.
Describe the animal with as much detail as possible:

  • Size
  • Body Condition (such as hip bones and ribcage noticeable)
  • Injuries or Wounds
  • Behavior (is the animal sitting up, vocalizing, etc.?)
  • Location
  • Does the animal have any obvious identification tags or markings?

Call PMMC at (949) 494-3050

Unfortunately, we are not permitted by NMFS/NOAA to retrieve deceased animals.
Please call us and we will refer you to the proper agency for disposal.