Since 1985

Marine Animal Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in El Segundo, California. We rescue sick and injured marine wildlife 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

The public and LA county agencies contact MAR via a toll free hotline “800 39 WHALE”, for rescue response as far north as the Pacific Palisades, south to San Pedro, and as far west as Catalina Island.

For decades in Los Angeles County the responsibility for assisting injured or beached mammals was in the hands of local Animal Control or Parking Control Officers. Officers did the best they could, but inadequate training and inappropriate rescue equipment frequently resulted in prolonged suffering and additional injuries of many animals and injuries to the officers.Since first stepping foot on the beaches of Los Angeles in 1985, Peter’s efforts weren’t met without resistance. Red tape and bureaucrats threatened Peter with fines and jail time, mainly concerned with the liability of attempting to relocate stranded seal and sea lions to a rehabilitation center. Hard work and dedication shined through, and Peter won the adoration and respect of the Los Angeles County lifeguards and other agencies as well as the hearts of the community. One by one, the local beach communities granted Peter primary rescue authority over marine mammals.Today, the Whale Rescue Team is Marine Animal Rescue, a non-profit animal advocacy organization. MAR specialists are on the beaches of Los Angeles every day, rain or shine, responding to calls from citizens and agencies throughout LA County. Wallerstein has personally conducted over 6,500 marine mammal and bird rescues in Southern California. The stranded or injured animals he’s encountered range from whales entangled in gill netting, sea lions suffering from domoic acid poisoning, stranded dolphins, emaciated sea lions, elephant and harbor seals, to risky rescues performed on jetties and within flood control channels. Marine Animal Rescue is Peter Wallerstein’s vision, and its mission wholly aligns with the respect for free living beings.

Rescue & Transport

We utilize specialized techniques to safely rescue and move injured or sick marine wildlife.

Animals requiring medical attention are then transported to a rehabilitation center for critical care and long-term recovery.

Marine Animal Rescue Network

MAR operates under federal authorization from NOAA-National Marine Fisheries Service.

We work closely with many government agencies and wildlife organizations including those listed below.