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What is a Stranding?

A stranding can be defined as:

Find out more about marine mammal strandings.


Strandings can be classified according to which animal is in distress, and what type of stranding is occurring, two equally important factors that determine how experts respond to the situation. Some types of strandings are specific to certain animals. Types of strandings in the New England and Mid Atlantic regions include:

Seasonality of Strandings in New England/Mid-Atlantic


Strandings occur year-round in the Northeast. However there are trends that are often observed due to the seasonality of the animals’ movements.

Stranding Reasons

The reason for strandings can divided into two main categories: natural and human related (anthropogenic).




Decisions on the Beach


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