Eyes on the Water
Eyes on the Water is a Facebook page to encourage safe and responsible use of our waterways.
It was established in 2013 after a meeting with the water police in Mandurah.
Our region is blessed with an abundance of waterways that we can enjoy and share with each other and with our beautiful wildlife.
If you see a dolphin or any other native wildlife in distress, call the Wildcare Helpline on (08) 9474 9055.
To assist with the large volume of calls, the Department has developed a smartphone app designed to provide information about what to do if you find sick or injured native animals, without the need to call the helpline.
Stranded whales or dolphins
Parks and Wildlife Service officers respond to dolphin strandings. If you see a stranded or distressed whale or dolphin call the Wildcare Helpline.
What you can do:
Put your safety first.
Call the Wildcare Helpline on (08) 9474 9055 – a Parks and Wildlife officer will arrive as soon as they can.
While waiting, try to be quiet.
Keep the animal’s skin moist with buckets of water if possible, avoiding the blowhole.
Listen to and follow the wildlife officer’s instructions.
What NOT to do:
DO NOT put the safety of yourself or others at risk.
DO NOT stand close to the tail or head.
DO NOT attempt to push the animal back out to sea – this will only add to its suffering.
DO NOT apply sunscreen even if the animal’s skin is burnt.
For more information, including what to do if you think a seal or sealion needs your help, visit www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/about-us/contact-us/wildcare-helpline