IFAW’s Marine Mammal Rescue and Research team (MMRR) is a dedicated group of highly trained individuals committed to promoting the conservation of marine mammal species (dolphins, whales, porpoises, and seals) and their habitats. We provide rapid response and humane care to stranded animals, advance stranding science and promote public awareness through education.

Cape Cod is one of only a few places in the world where multiple whales and dolphins frequently beach themselves together on the shore. These mass stranding events require rapid response in order to save as many whales and dolphins as possible.

Working out of our Cape Cod headquarters, the MMRR team is ready to deploy staff, a reserve of specialized response equipment and a dedicated corps of local volunteers at a moment’s notice.

Our coverage area encompasses the entire Cape Cod region and extends from the Cape Cod Canal south to the Rhode Island border, representing around 700 miles of coastline. We are one of fourteen organizations comprising the Northeast Regional Stranding Network, which ensures expert, rapid response along the entire coast from Maine to Virginia.

Find out more about:

Why animals strand on beaches

Inside a rescue

History of IFAW’s stranding work

How our research helps animals survive

Frequently asked questions

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