Wildlife on Beaches

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  • Wildlife is a common sight on the Peninsula.  
  • Seals occasionally visit our beaches 

  • What to do if you see injured wildlife or wildlife that is in danger 

Seals and Marine Wildlife 

Melbourne Zoo’s Marine Response Unit (MRU) responds to calls for assistance involving seals, turtles, dolphins and other marine wildlife in Victorian waters. 

The MRU is comprised of expert keepers and vets, who respond to calls to assist marine wildlife in the Port Philip region and rely on the community to act as its eyes and ears, reporting when they see injured or distressed marine wildlife on Victoria's coastline. While the unit responds to all calls involving marine wildlife, it predominantly deals with cases involving seals. 

Seals are a common sight in Victorian waters and on Victorian beaches, however, it is important to remember they are wild animals and can be dangerous if they feel threatened. 

Stay 30 metres from seals on beaches and 50 metres away when you are with a dog (which must be under behavioural control).

If you see a seal in the wild, keep your distance. They have big teeth and can weigh up to 300kg.  

What to do if you see a seal or wildlife in danger on a Mornington Peninsula beach:

Assistance from Melbourne Zoo's Response Unit is available on 1300 245 678 or email mru@zoo.org.au 

Injured Wildlife 

Mornington Peninsula injured wildlife rescue emergency contacts can be found on the Community Directory.

You can also check out Wildlife Victoria - 24hr Hotline 13 000 94535 or 13000Wildlife. 

The State Government also have a handy Help for Injured Wildlife Tool to help you find and contact the closest relevant wildlife carers and rehabilitation organisations to help the injured wildlife.

Cats and Wildlife on the Peninsula 

Mornington Peninsula Shire has a 24-hour cat curfew. Cats must be contained to the owner's property at all times. If you see a roaming cat, our Wandering Cats page has further information.