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Marine Mammal Response Program: Incident Report for 2018 January-December

Overview

Between January and December 2018, there were a total of 1,360 reported incidents involving over 1,778 animals. Of the total number of incidents reported there were 937 responses. Of the total number of incidents reported, 354 were incidents involving SARA species (79 incidents were listed as an unknown species; therefore, the number of incidents involving SARA species could be higher). Out of the 354 incidents reported involving SARA species, 287 of those incidents were responded to.

The types of incidents included: entanglements, close vessel approaches, harassment, collisions, live strandings, injured / sick, sightings / free swimming, dead (beached and floating), distress, shooting, and animals interacting with the public.

The types of responses included: freeing entangled whales and pinnipeds, collecting samples and performing necropsies on dead animals, reuniting stranded animals with their pods, responding to harassment calls, refloating live beached animals, monitoring sick animals, monitoring close approaches by vessels, and warming cold stunned sea turtles.

Of all the incidents reported and responded to, a few have been highlighted by our partners:

Incident Numbers by Region

Please Note:

Often incidents reported are for sightings of animals (no response required but information is collected) and/or are repeat reports for the same incident (each call that comes in is recorded to show the level of activity of the hotlines) which is why the number of responses is different from the number of reports received.

Pacific: There were a total of 631 incidents reported and 599 responses performed. Of those, 243 were for SARA listed species.

Quebec: There were a total of 295 incidents reported and 155 responses performed. Of the responses performed, 15 were for SARA listed species.

Gulf: There were a total of 126 incidents reported and 55 responses performed. Of the responses performed, 9 were for SARA listed species.

Maritimes: There were a total of 263 incidents reported and 107 responses performed. Of the responses performed, 9 were for SARA listed species.

Newfoundland & Labrador: There were a total of 45 incidents reported and 21 responses performed. Of the responses performed, 11 were for SARA listed species.

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