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British Divers Marine Life Rescue

British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) is an organisation dedicated to the rescue and well being of all marine mammals in distress around the UK. They have a team of trained marine mammal medics in Scilly that can respond to a live stranding.

If you see a live stranded marine animal on our coastline please call the BDMLR on 01825 765 546 (24hrs) immediately for advice. You will be asked to give the exact location of the animal.

For your own safety - and that of the animal - please keep people and dogs away, do not put the animal back in the sea, do not pour water in its blowhole (the hole on top of its head through which it breathes), do not touch the animal as it may carry diseases that you could catch and avoid breathing in over the blowhole as an animals breath may contain harmful bacteria.

If you find a seal pup please do not approach as they can bite and cause serious injury, never pick them up as they are seldom abandoned unless the mother has been frightened away and keep people and dogs away. BDMLR volunteers will watch the seal pup to see if it is ok.

If you would like to become a BDMLR volunteer please contact them directly for courses in your area.

Volunteers training, photograph by Danny CooperVolunteers training, photograph by The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust