If you find an injured sea turtle…


If you find a sick-looking sea turtle or one that is injured or entangled in fishing line or even a dead sea turtle, please contact a local stranding center in the state or local region the sea turtle is found.


Connecticut/Rhode Island

Mystic Aquarium - Mystic, CT

Phone: (860) 572-5955 x 107


MERR Institute, Inc. - Nassau, DE

Phone: (302) 228-5029


Maine Marine Animal Reporting Hotline

Phone: (800) 532-9551


Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Cooperative Oxford Laboratory

Oxford, MD

(dead animals only)

Phone: (800) 628-9944

National Aquarium in Baltimore, Marine Animal Rescue Program

Baltimore, MD

(live animals only)

Phone: (410) 576-3880


NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region, Protected Resources Division

Gloucester, MA

Phone: (978) 281-9300

Massachusetts Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Phone: (508) 349-2615

New England Aquarium

Boston, MA

Phone: (617) 973-5247

International Fund for Animal Welfare

Yarmouth Port, MA

Phone: (508) 743-9548

National Marine Life Center

Buzzards Bay, MA

(pinniped [seal] rehab only)

Phone: (508) 743-9888

Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies

Provincetown, MA

(entangled animals in the marine environment only)

Phone: (800) 900-3622

Marine Mammal Alliance Nantucket

Nantucket, MA

Phone: (833) 667-6626

New Hampshire

Seacoast Science Center

Rye, NH

Phone: (603) 997-9448

New England Aquarium

Boston, MA

Phone: (617) 973-5247

New Jersey

Sea Turtle Recovery

Phone: 609-667-4076

Marine Mammal Stranding Center

Phone: 609-266-0538.

New York City & Harbor

Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation 

Phone: 631-369-9829. 

New York State - Long Island

New York Stranding Hotline

Phone: (631) 369-9829

Atlantic Marine Conservation Society

Hampton Bays, NY

Phone: (631) 369-9829


Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center

Virginia Beach, VA

Phone: (757) 385-7575

Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian Institute, National Museum of Natural History

Washington, DC

Phone: (202) 633-1260

To report a sea turtle that is sick-looking, injured or dead in another state, follow this link to NOAA Fisheries and follow their instructions.

The above organizations have the authority to help stranded or sick marine mammals and sea turtles. Wildlife biologists and experts with the help of trained volunteers will determine if an animal is in need of medical attention, needs to be moved from a populated area, or just needs time to rest.


The United States Endangered Species Act (ESA) protects endangered and threatened species and their habitats by prohibiting the “take” of listed animals and the interstate or international trade in listed plants and animals, including their parts and products, except under Federal permit. Such permits generally are available for conservation and scientific purposes.

What is “Take”?

The ESA makes it unlawful for a person to take a listed animal without a permit. Take is defined as “to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect or attempt to engage in any such conduct.” Through regulations, the term “harm” is defined as “an act which actually kills or injures wildlife. Such an act may include significant habitat modification or degradation where it actually kills or injures wildlife by significantly impairing essential behavioral patterns, including breeding, feeding, or sheltering.”