Who can help with an injured or sick marine animal?

If you see a stranded or distressed marine mammal, report it to ORRCA (Organisation for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans in Australia). It takes care of stranded and injured whales, dolphins, seals and dugongs.

Call ORRCA's 24-hour rescue hotline: (02) 9415 3333

Make sure to give the operator as much information as possible about the animal’s location and condition.

Volunteer to help whale research

If you would like to help whale research, you can participate in NPWS' annual whale count in Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Volunteers are also needed for dolphin counting during autumn in Port Stephens.

More information about whale conservation volunteering

Learn more about whales

Injured seabirds and reptiles

For reptiles (including sea turtles) and seabirds, you may contact Australian Seabird Rescue (ASR) on 02 6686 2852.

Make sure to give the operator as much information as possible about the animal’s location and condition.

Report a fish kill

A fish kill is defined as "a sudden and unexpected mass mortality of wild or cultured fish". Fish kills can be very visible events that generate considerable public interest. This is largely due to the fact that people perceived fish kills to be the result of pollution or contamination of waters.

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Fisheries Officers can be notified by phoning:

  • Fishers Watch 24 hour hotline 1800 043 536 or
  • your local NSW DPI Fisheries office, and ask to speak to a Fisheries Officer.