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B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network

If you see a whale, dolphin, porpoise or turtle, we’d like to know!

Sure, we want to save the whales. But first we need to know more about them, like how many of them there are, where they spend their time, and what they do. With a coastline as long and intricate as the one in British Columbia, monitoring cetaceans year round is impossible for researchers and scientists. That’s where the B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network comes in.


  During the busy summer season, the B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network may receive 50-100 sightings every week. Two humpback whales feeding at the surface, mouths open, baleen visible

Set your sights
The B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network is the place to contact if you see a whale, porpoise or dolphin. It also monitors sightings of sea turtles. As the central place for cetacean sightings in B.C., it collects information on cetacean activity that researchers wouldn’t be able to get on their own.

The network gets sightings from whale watchers, tour guide operators, lighthouse keepers, and members of the general public who were lucky enough to spot a whale, porpoise, dolphin, or sea turtle. Information about each sighting is then entered into a database, which is available to researchers and scientists working on ways to help these species at risk. You can help the researchers by reporting your sightings.

Get updates from researchers in the field by checking out the Wild Whales website.

The B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network is a joint program of the Vancouver Aquarium and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, with funding from the Government of Canada Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk.

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