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Project information

Whale and dolphin rescue ambulance for NE Scotland

In Britain, most whale and dolphin strandings happen around Scotland’s rugged coastline and we urgently need help to fund a new, fully equipped marine mammal ambulance for the country’s only specialist 24 hour whale and dolphin rescue unit.


Charity information: Cetacean Research & Rescue Unit (CRRU)

Cetacean Research & Rescue Unit (CRRU) logo
  • Need


    The CRRU coordinate Scotland’s only specialist, 24 hour whale and dolphin rescue effort. The organisation works in collaboration with other groups, volunteers, vets and scientists and therefore brings expert up-to-date knowledge to every rescue attempt. But without a suitable rescue vehicle, we cannot offer this vital life-saving service.


    Reaching a rescue site quickly and having specialist equipment to hand means the difference between life and death for stranded cetaceans. The sought-after Ambulance will be able to cope with the difficult terrain of Scotland’s battered Atlantic shoreline. It will ensure rescue teams can get as close as possible to injured and stranded marine mammals. The vehicle will be equipped with a winch, stretchers, harnesses and refloatation pontoons, as well as spotlights to aid searches and night rescue

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Dedicated to the welfare, conservation and protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans)


    » Scientific research
    » Marine wildlife rescue
    » Environmental Education

    What success will look like

    Success rates and number of animals attended

  • Impact


    This specialist equipment help the charity to help more whales and dolphins in trouble




    Direct feedback

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £34,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £26,000 Vehicle Landrover Defender
      £8,000 Equipment Outfitting of vehicle and veterinary/rescue equipment
  • Background


    Northeast Scotland


    In addition to the whales and dolphins, the charity has trained more than 1500 people in Scotland in marine animal rescue techniques and procedures

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The CRRU operates the only full-time, specialist emergency response team of marine researchers dedicated to whales, dolphins and porpoises in Scotland.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Kevin Robinson

    20 years of service to the charity