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 responds to calls for assistance involving seals, turtles, dolphins and other marine wildlife in Victorian waters. 

The Marine Response Unit consists of expert keepers and vets who respond to calls to assist marine wildlife in the Port Philip region. They rely on the community to act as its eyes and ears and report injured or distressed marine wildlife. While the unit responds to all calls involving marine wildlife, it mostly 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. If you see a seal in the wild, keep your distance. They have big teeth and can weigh up to 300kg.  

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 or other marine wildlife in danger on a Mornington Peninsula beach:

Contact Melbourne Zoo's Marine Response Unit on 1300 245 678 or email mru@zoo.org.au 

Dolphin Distancing

This summer the Dolphin Research Institute are calling upon the community to commit to Dolphin Distancing. Dolphin Distancing is about showing respect to dolphins. Dolphins are curious animals and may come to you. If this happens enjoy the experience but don't follow them. Interruption to feeding, resting or nursing can be dire to our local dolphin population.

The regulations say to keep your distance from dolphins - at least 100 metres for boats (including paddling craft), 300 metres for jet skis and 30 metres for swimmers. Dogs should be kept 300 metres away from dolphins.

To learn more about this program or make your commitment to Dolphin Distancing, follow this link: Commit to Dolphin Distancing - Dolphin Research Institute

Other Injured Wildlife

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

You can also contact Wildlife Victoria on their 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.