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Marine Mammal & Sea Turtle Rescue
The Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program (LMMSTRP), coordinated by Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, is the primary response partner for the state of Louisiana for rehabilitating marine mammals (dolphins, whales and manatees) and sea turtles.
LMMSTRP works at the direction of state and federal organizations such as NOAA, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the U.S. Coast Guard to respond to stranded marine mammals and sea turtles, to collect data about existing populations of marine animals along the Louisiana coast and waterways, and to assist and support researchers in the conservation of marine species.
In our efforts to promote conservation, LMMSTRP provides rehabilitation to numerous marine mammal and sea turtle strandings at Audubon Aquatic Center.
Under federal law, harassing or feeding marine mammals and sea turtles is illegal and punishable under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act. Please report such behavior to the NOAA Enforcement Hotline: 1-800-853-1964.
If you encounter an injured or stranded marine mammal or sea turtle,
please call LMMSTRP at (504) 235-3005.