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  • Heather Nicholson

Fellow islanders, including the kind who never come ashore, and our Marine Mammal Stranding Network

- Harbor seals are pupping and it’s boating season, be ALERT! -

What comes to mind when thinking about who lives in the San Juan Islands archipelago? While we’re used to seeing humans, there are numerous other mammals around us. Endowed with flippers, flukes and fins, they evolved traversing their Salish Sea home and playing sentient roles in the ecosystem we find beautiful.

Our San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network coordinator is Alyssa Scott, and she has plenty of experience at our interface with these marine islanders, who range from seals to large whales. This usually culminates at a shoreline and may result in a rescue. Although, she and others in the network often respond to mortalities, setting a course for further learning.

Drift off the land mindset as Alyssa tells what the stranding network does for these pinnipeds, dolphins and cetaceans as well as humans, and talks about our role. Thank you for respecting marine mammals of the Salish Sea.”

San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network (SJCMMSN) a program of the Whale Museum.

REPORT A STRANDING 1-800-562-8832


General inquiries, report a stranding or to volunteer:

Alyssa Scott, Stranding Coordinator

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May 22, 2021

So glad to see the San Juan Islands marine inhabitants are being looked after, when needed, by such a caring bunch of humans. I've only been out there once, but the magic leaves a long and deep impression. I learned so much from Alyssa in 10 minutes! OK, and I'm Heather's mum and proud!

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