The animals to be reported include sharks, fish, turtles, and squid.  Our main species of interest are:



These are the species of squid, shark, and fish most commonly observed stranded along the Oregon coast (Hanshumaker 2011).   While sea turtles nest in tropical and subtropical areas, they have long migration paths and will travel long distances in search of food.  Leatherbacks have been seen on the Pacific Northwest coast feeding on jellyfish, but other turtles have stranded because of northern currents moving them into cold waters. These turtles become lethargic and wash ashore. Timely reporting would enable the appropriate response, possibly saving individuals of an endangered species.