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Caring for Ocean Mammals

Ring Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW), the Dolphin Discovery Centre (Bunbury) or a FAWNA Emergency Care Centre (contact details here).

With whales and dolphins, beware of their flapping tails. Keep stranded animals cool, wet and in particular cover tail and flippers to prevent sunburn. Keep the blowhole free of water and any other obstructions.

Do not breathe in air from the blowhole.

With seals and sea lions, do not get close to the animals as they can inflict serious injury or transmit disease. Keep other people and dogs away from any stranded animal. Do not put them back into the sea, as they may be ill, resting or moulting (eg. moulting penguins will drown).