Top 10 Actions to Save Ocean Wildlife

1.) Donate to Saving Ocean Wildlife

Donate to Saving Ocean Wildlife to help support our efforts of raising ocean awareness and taking action to report on and save animals: Donate Here.

2.) Report an animal sighting

Report an animal sighting – NOAA needs your help to learn more about the animals they are trying to protect. You can report any injured, dead, or live animals that you see through our wildlife reporting form.

3.) Reduce your use of single-use plastics

Reduce your use of single-use plastics – Plastic in the ocean is toxic and dangerous to marine wildlife because they mistake it for food and eat it or get entangled in it. There are ocean-friendly alternatives such as:

Bring your own reusable shopping bags every time you shop anywhere

Refuse to use Styrofoam – bring your own cup to the store, bring a reusable cooler to the beach, do not buy take-out food packaged in Styrofoam containers

Choose a water filter pitcher instead of using single-use plastic water bottles

Replace your plastic disposable toothbrush with an electric toothbrush (better for your teeth anyway) or a bamboo toothbrush

Refuse to take plastic utensils – carry a bamboo spork or get an ice cream cone instead of a cup of ice cream with a plastic spoon

Buy in bulk to reduce the amount of packaging used

4.) Clean up your favorite beach

Clean up your favorite beach – pick up trash whenever you visit your beach or organize a clean-up with your friends, family or neighbors

5.) Respect marine life by viewing wildlife but not disturbing them

Respect marine life by viewing wildlife but not disturbing them. Please do not feed the animals, get too close to them or harass them

6.) If you eat seafood, make sustainable choices

If you eat seafood, make sustainable choices – seafood recommendations

7.) Recycle your old medication

Recycle your old medications at your local participating pharmacy instead of flushing them down the toilet because the chemicals pass through the sewage treatment plants and flow straight into the ocean. Find the closest drop-off location here

8.) Follow clean boating guidelines

If you are a boat owner, follow clean boating guidelines (link to blog on clean boating)

9.) Support whale rescue

Take NOAA’s free online Level 1 training course to help support the local whale disentanglement team

10.)Donate your time or money

Donate your time or money to support the efforts of Saving Ocean Wildlife

Register for your free Ocean Wildlife Field Guide

NOAA West Coast Large Whale Entanglement Response Program

Reducing the number of large whale entanglements and minimizing the likelihood of large whales becoming entangled in fishing gear promotes the conservation of healthy whale populations along the U.S. West Coast.

Report Entangled Whales:


(877) 767-9425


West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network

To report a dead, injured, or stranded marine mammal  along the West Coast, please call: 1-866-767-6114.

Marine Mammal Stock Assessment Reports by Species/Stock

NOAA Fisheries annually prepares marine mammal stock assessment reports for all marine mammals in U.S. waters.