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Marine Mammal Stranding Center

3625 Brigantine Boulevard

Rescue, Rehabilitate, Release, Preserve

The Marine Mammal Stranding Center, a private, non-profit organization, started in 1978 with a handful of volunteers and a C.E.T.A. grant, was founded, and is still directed by Robert Schoelkopf. He and his wife, Sheila Dean, along with a small paid staff and volunteers with a wide variety of talents and professional backgrounds, continue to work with the animals. Originally based in Gardner’s Basin in the inlet section of Atlantic City, the Center is now located on the barrier island of Brigantine, which borders coastal New Jersey’s largest wildlife refuge.

With a permit and authorization from the state and federal governments, the Center has responded to over 3170 strandings of whales, dolphins, seals and sea turtles that have washed ashore over the years. Even though these governments sanction the handling of strandings in New Jersey only, the Center is occasionally called upon to assist with animals in other states. All funding comes through donations, grants, memberships, and fund-raising efforts. Since there is no permanent funding at this time, your donations and membership dollars are vital. Your support will help the facility to expand and to care for the increasing number of animals. Without your assistance, these creatures have little hope of survival or rehabilitation.


Jennika Glickenhouse

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Very knowledgeable and friendly people! Great place to learn about saving East coast sea life. Good shop with good prices and all proceeds go towards helping the stranded and injured animals.

Jeff Stilwell

Friday, June 29, 2018
This place does a really nice job of rehabilitation of injured animals. They shared some pictures of their most recent success. Three seals were recently released. They will were all juveniles bit by young sharks. They bite them but they can't eat the whole seal. They get away with injuries

Keith Doyle

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Awesome place for a quick visit. Got to learn about some cool animals in the little observation tank. But hands down the best walkthrough. The interns that we're working were great with the kids and they learned so much.

Sisters forever Yo

Monday, July 24, 2017
Full Disclosure!!! This is a one room place. You can learn about mammals but it all takes place in a room. You can see the animals that are being taken care of from a tv in the room. Then you can go outside and look at the daily catch in the observation tank. This can all be done in less that 15 minutes. So don't go all the way here to just do this. Now if you plan on going to the beach or do some shopping then definitely stop in. The shop is really nice and they have nice souvenirs.


Friday, May 25, 2018
Staff are incredibly courteous.

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