Rescue Center

Long Island Aquarium is more than a fascinating place to explore and experience the wonders of the sea. It’s also a place committed to preserving and protecting marine life of all types.

Long Island Aquarium is home to the New York Marine Rescue Center, New York States only authorized stranding and research facility. The not-for-profit organization is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of seals, sea turtles, whales, dolphins, and porpoises critically endangered species facing the real threat of extinction.

The Rescue Center’s educational efforts are dedicated to informing the public about our marine environment and the ways in which all of us can aid in its preservation. They provide tours of the facility, lectures, seal cruises, ecology walks, and beach cleanups to foster good stewardship of the environment.

You can view stranded sea turtles, seals, or other marine animals on the mend at the Rescue Center hospital, located within Long Island Aquarium.

And if you’d like to help the NY Marine Rescue Center carry out its important mission, here are some steps you can take:

  • Call the 24-hour stranding hotline at 631.369.9829 if you ever encounter a sick or stranded marine mammal or sea turtle
  • Make a donation by calling 631.369.9840
  • Visit their website – – to see all the other ways you can help and get involved.