Sources of help


Sometimes you may find something on the beach, or something may happen, which you need extra help with:


For human emergencies:


The Coastguard

For an emergency on the beach or at sea and someone's safety is at risk (like being trapped by an incoming tide for example), call the Coastguard.
Phone 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
If you have no mobile phone signal, call 112 which should be able to find a signal for you.



For wildlife emergencies:


If you find a LIVE marine animal (dolphin, seal, whale, turtle etc.) in trouble, please contact the most appropriate agency below as soon as you can. Thank you.


To report sightings of dead marine animals please go to this page.



0300 1234 999

(England and Wales)


British Divers Marine Life Rescue 

01825 765546 or 07787 433412 (out of hours)
(England, Wales and Scotland)





0131 3390111 or 03000 999 999



Irish Whale and Dolphin Group 
The ‘Contact us’ page has a list of mobile phone numbers
(Northern Ireland - whales, dolphins or porpoises)


Exploris Aquarium and Seal Sanctuary

028 427 28062, if no answer, call the NI Water Pollution Hotline on 0800 807 060

(Northern Ireland - sick/injured seals)



01624 851672

(Isle of Man)






If any of these contact details are wrong, please let us know as soon as possible and we will update this page immediately.


Thank you.