‘Stranding’ is another way to describe whales that become beached or trapped by ice. Many strandings networks already exist around the world. They are usually made up of one main office that operates a toll-free number and coordinates responses to strandings, and volunteers that live in various places nearby. Volunteers include the general public as well as people in relevant professional roles, such as firefighters or veterinarians.
What would you be asked to do?
Although in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador whales become beached or trapped in ice regularly, it is not a very common event. Therefore it could be months or years before you were asked to do anything. However, when such an event does happen in your area, your help would be very much appreciated!
The main thing we would ask you to do is:
- Phone Whale Release and Strandings’ toll-free number if you discover a stranding
- Take photographs and email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Follow the instructions listed in the pamphlet entitled: Whale and Dolphin Strandings in Newfoundland and Labrador, which is available in printed format, and may also be downloaded here, or the link to the left.