Sick seal pups
If you find or see a sick or exhausted seal or whale, please do not touch it. Contact the nearest unit of Naturstyrelsen (the Danish Nature Agency) or call the Fisheries and Maritime Museum on +45 76 12 20 00.
Both the Danish Nature Agency and the Fisheries and Maritime Museum are a part of the National Contingency Plan concerning strandings of marine mammals in Denmark.
Their responsibilities include the quick humane killing of sick and exhausted seals and whales.
Dead seals and whales
Please contact us if you find a dead seal or whale on the beach. Remember to take a photo of the animal and write with details of where you found it. You can contact the Fisheries and Maritime Museum by telephone or email on +45 76 12 20 00 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Line A. Kyhn of Aarhus University on +45 30 18 31 48. You can also contact the nearest local Danish Nature Agency office.
The Fisheries and Maritime Museum, Aarhus University and the Danish Nature Agency are all part of the National Contingency Plan for stranded marine mammals. They collect some of the dead seals and whales. These animals are taken to the Veterinary Diagnostics Centre at the DTU (Technical University of Denmark) or the Department for Chemistry and Bioscience at Aalborg University, where they are inspected to determine whether they were ill and what caused their deaths. We can learn a lot about the marine environment by studying dead marine mammals. Therefore, tissue samples are also taken to be used in research and monitoring projects. Selected skeletons from stranded seals and whales are conserved by the Fisheries and Maritime Museum and the Natural History Museum. These skeletons are added to the two museums’ collections and contribute to research and to educating the general public.