Live animal response

Live strandings include any incident in which marine animals, primarily whales, dolphins, porpoises and sharks come ashore. Strandings have been recorded on all coasts across the Maritimes and may occur as a result of a variety of different factors. Human safety and animal welfare are always our top priority when responding to any incident, and we strive to find the best outcome for every animal we respond to.

As a MARS volunteer, you may be asked to assist with live animal response. There are a number of ways that volunteers are utilized during these incidents, such as directly related to the care of the animal, data collection or safety monitoring. Volunteer involvement in these activities will depend on volunteer experience and any involvement is at the discretion of the MARS response coordinator. MARS currently offers training courses on live animal response for those interested in helping with this work.