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Report Your Sightings

Have you seen a whale, dolphin, porpoise or sea turtle off the coast of B.C.? If so, you can report it in the following ways:

If you're out on the water a lot and see cetaceans often, you can also ask for a logbook to record all your sightings.

 
 

  The B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network also tracks sightings of sea turtles. If you see a sea turtle off the Pacific coast, be sure to let them know! Closeup of a green sea turtle
 
 
     
 

What to report

Spotting a whale, porpoise or dolphin in the wild is not only an amazing experience, but also one that can help protect the very animals we’re watching. Here is some information that the B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network will be asking for:

  • WHO did you see? What did they look like? What species? How certain are you of it?

  • WHEN was the date and time of the sighting?

  • WHERE did you see them? Knowing the latitude and longitude of your location is great, but you can also describe your location in relation to a major landmark, like an island.

  • WHAT were they doing? Can you describe their behaviour?

  • HOW many were there?

  • WHAT were the sighting conditions? Was it clear and sunny? Rainy and cloudy?

 

The weird stuff

The B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network is also interested in any observations of unusual behaviours, such as:

  • Killer whales taking fish from fishing gear

  • Killer whale predation

  • Dead killer whales, either floating or stranded

 
     
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