Marine Mammal Rescue (MMR)

We rescue stranded marine mammals, investigate the causes of strandings, and share our expertise around the world.

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Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1024806)

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Championed by The Reed Foundation

  • “Not only does marine mammal stranding response strive to provide the best care possible to animals in dire need, but the study of strandings provides us with one of the best views of how we as humans are impacting the oceans and its sentinel species.”

    — Brian Sharp, Director, Marine Mammal Rescue & Research, Programmes, IFAW

  • "Over 70% of our planet is ocean, so the scale and impact of our marine programme is vast. Our work on reducing threats to cetaceans is not only vitally important to ensure the conservation and welfare of these animals, the outcomes are also beneficial to the marine environment as a whole."

    — Lauren Weir, Programme Officer, Marine Conservation, Programmes, IFAW


Cape Cod is one of the world’s most active locations for dolphin and whale strandings. We have been the first line of defence for marine mammals in distress. Entanglement in fishing gear, ship strikes, and ocean noise are three of the most prominent direct threats to these populations. Indirect threats of climate change and ocean acidification are amplifying these impacts. Marine mammals serve as sentinels of ocean health- and a healthy ocean is essential to life on earth


We’ve pioneered field health assessments, diagnostics and treatments to increase the likelihood of survival after release. We’ve also employed innovative tracking technology to monitor the animals after release to evaluate whether or not they survive. Using small, temporary satellite tags, that we safely attach, we are able to track dolphins for an average of two months after rescue.We have also pioneered Mass Stranding Prevention techniques to help prevent mass strandings of dolphins and whales