The Department of Land and Natural Resources and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are asking for the public’s help.
They’re asking boaters to report any dead, floating whales, especially over the summer months when large carcasses frequently drift to shores.
They say it’s easier to tow a whale carcass away when it’s still in the water. It’s also less expensive and prevents attracting large tiger sharks close to shore.
To report a floating whale or any marine mammal incident, please call USCG channel 16 or the NOAA marine mammal hotline at 1-888-256-9840.