Every year marine animal species including marine mammals, sea turtles and sharks become involved in entanglements and entrapments, become stranded (alive or dead), orphaned, sick or injured, or stray into areas they are not normally located. Distressed animals can be dangerous to handle or move and may carry diseases.
However, it is important to remember that not all marine animals encountered may be in distress.
Healthy seals commonly “haul out” on land to rest and breed and should not be disturbed.
Many cetacean species are common to our waters and can be observed swimming through harbours and bays as they follow prey, like schools of fish.