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Would you know what to do if you see a marine animal stranded on a beach?

Published Aug. 31, 2018

It seems like we can't go a week without seeing a marine animal stranded on a beach. Would you know what to do and how to report a stranding?

Here are the do's and don'ts from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium if you encounter a stranded animal:

• Don't push the animal back into the water.

• Do be careful.

• Do keep water out of the animal's blowhole.

• Do protect the animal's skin.

• Don't use common sunscreens.

• Do keep them cool.

• Do protect their eyes.

• Don't let the animal become stressed.

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