Marine Animal Public Reporting

As part of FORCE’s environmental effects monitoring program, we are asking for your help. Our monitoring program relies on the public reporting of any unusual marine life behaviour. This includes, but isn’t limited to:

    • a marine mammal stranding or in distress
    • marine animal mortalities
    • unusual concentrations or behaviour of seabirds


Animal in Distress/Mortality

If you see a marine animal in distress or wish to report a marine animal mortality, please contact the Marine Animal Response Society (MARS) toll-free hotline (1-866-567-6277).


Public Reporting

FORCE staff and volunteers also conduct an ongoing shoreline survey program.

We welcome your participation: please contact facilities manager Mary McPhee at or 902-254-2510.

To report observations at any time, please:

    1. Fill out the easy online observation form OR
    2. Fill out our Marine Mammal Report Form and send to OR
    3. Send the following info to
      • Photos/videos (if possible)
      • A description of what you see
      • Note your location, weather conditions, time of day, etc.

Information Sharing

All observations will be shared with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the Nova Scotia Department of Environment and the public via the FORCE website (personal information is confidential and for contact purposes only).


Learn more

Learn more about FORCE’s environmental programs.