Small Cetacean strandings

This module covers both live and dead small cetacean stranding response best practices. The common training objectives ( #1 – #5) should be completed before starting with this training modules. Small cetaceans include most dolphins species (such as common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, spinner dolphins, humpback dolphins) and porpoises. Live larger dolphin species such as pilot whales and killer whales, may require a different approach and more resources to respond and rescue.

The presentation provides a comprehensive step-by-step response effort and may not necessarily apply to all situations or be feasible to implement due to capacity or resource issues. We encourage trainers and responders to adapt the presentations to your audience and circumstance. Similarly, it may not be possible to collect all possible data from a stranded animal. Therefore, responders should make decisions about data collection based on operating conditions but focus on maximizing the collection of critical animal-related information, including photographs.


Woods Hole Open Access Server

This link takes you to the Marine Mammal Stranding Response repository on the Woods Hole Open Access Server (WHOAS). You will need to register on that site to download content and training materials that are housed there. This will be a one-time registration process.

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