Animal Rescue

Sea Research Foundation’s animal rescue efforts are made possible through our Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Stranding Program. Our stranding team supports animals in need and educates the public about marine environment and its inhabitants. While this critical effort is based at Mystic Aquarium, Sea Research Foundation and its volunteer “first responder” network has assisted institutions from Maine to New Jersey… and even in Texas.

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Stranding Program

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Since 1976, Sea Research Foundation has been rescuing stranded marine animals, responding to hundreds of calls from the public reporting animal standings and sightings, and treating marine mammals that would have died had they been left on shore. More>

If You Encounter a Wild Animal...

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Beached animals are easily stressed and can be dangerous to people or pets if approached. Serving the coasts of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Fishers Island, N.Y., Mystic Aquarium operates a 24-hour Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Hotline at 860.572.5955 ext. 107. Learn more about protecting yourself and the animals you encounter>