Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network

Objectives
  • Promote the scientific investigation of marine mammal stranding events
  • Provide for the welfare of live stranded animals
    • Mitigate harassment
    • Disentangle marine mammals from debris and fishery gear
  • Advance public education about marine mammal strandings
  • Report Level A Data to NMFS for inclusion in national database

Learn more about OMMSN

Sea Lion Webcam

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Recent Strandings Map
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View a Map of Recent Strandings

Please Be Advised
  • It's normal for seals and sea lions to rest on shore.
  • There are no rescue and rehabilitation options for sick or injured seals and sea lions in Oregon. The state policy is to minimize disturbance from people and to let nature take its course.

Learn what to do if you find a marine mammal ashore

It's Harbor Seal Pup Season Again!

Springtime is pup season. At this time of year, harbor seal pups are frequently found alone on area beaches. They are usually not stranded, but simply resting (as all baby mammals must do) and waiting for their mothers to come back ashore to nurse them. Adult female seals are shy and unlikely to rejoin a pup if there is activity nearby. They may only return to suckle their pup at night when people (and dogs) are not around. It is very important not to interfere with this process, and especially not to move a pup from where it is receiving care from its mother.

Within three or four weeks of birth, harbor seal pups are weaned from maternal care and are left to fend for themselves. While learning to find and catch its own food, a young seal may come ashore frequently to rest. This is often a very challenging stage of life, and not all pups survive. But while it may be tempting to "take them in," their best chance for survival is to be left alone on the beach.

Harbor seals nurse for just 3-4 weeks

Harbor seal mothers routinely leave pups ashore unattended while they forage at sea

If a seal pup is removed from where it receives care, IT WILL DIE

Please DO NOT TOUCH SEAL PUPS! It's not only best for the pups, IT'S THE LAW!