Every year, thousands of whales, dolphins and porpoises are found stranded on coastlines around the world. But there are some areas in particular where strandings are more common, such as Cape Cod in the USA and around the coast of New Zealand.
Some animals die at sea and wash up, others strand alive and some becoming trapped in shallow waters. Live stranded animals may be single individuals or in a family group, and, whilst sometimes an animal may be old or unwell, many appear to be perfectly healthy.
WDCS continues to support efforts to rescue stranded marine animals around the world.