Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is responsible for the conservation and protection of Canada’s marine resources, including marine mammals and sea turtles. The Department is guided by the principles of sound scientific knowledge and effective management in developing regulations and policies to meet this responsibility.

In the News

Whale Watching Tips for Boaters

When Marine Mammals are Trapped by Ice

Entangled humpback whale Lacuna now gear-free in Bay of Fundy

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(October 14, 2015)

Glowing sea turtle is 1st biofluorescent reptile ever discovered

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(September 30, 2015)

'Smorgasbord' of toxic algae likely behind dozens of whale deaths: expert

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(September 15, 2015)

Humpback whale entanglement an international problem

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(June 27, 2015)

Grey whales are in Vancouver's English Bay once again

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(June 10, 2015)

Leatherback sea turtles fitted with cameras hunt for jellyfish

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(March 21, 2015)

Chester, the false killer whale, thrives at aquarium's rescue centre

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(March 21, 2015)

Humpback whale rescued from lobster gear in Bay of Fundy

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(June 12, 2014)

Humpback whale freed from Upper Island Cove fishing gear

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(June 10, 2014)

Rocky Harbour's rotting whale to be cut up by MUN

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(May 20, 2014)

Dolphins fall victim to ice off Cape Ray

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(March 17, 2014)

200 dolphins surround Royal Canadian Marine SAR in Howe Sound

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(March 14, 2014)

Scientist Counting Whales from Outer Space

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(February 17, 2014 )

Orcas hunt and kill dolphins off B.C. coast; rare attack captured on video

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(February 4, 2014)

Video: DEBUT : Trek of the Titans

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(January 30, 2014)

Documentary hails giants of the sea; Secretive leatherback turtles migrate to coast of Nova Scotia several months a year

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(January 28, 2014)

A new dolphin species discovered in Brazil (PICTURES)

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(January 24, 2014)

New diploma of marine mammal observer

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(January 23, 2014)

A 16 meters Sperm Whale beached stranded

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(January 13, 2014)

An exceptional specimen of siamese whales discovered in Mexico

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(January 8, 2014)

Blinded sea otter recovers at aquarium

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(January 7, 2014)

The fate of Pilot Whales stranded in Florida is still uncertain

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(December 6, 2013)

45 whales trapped in Florida

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(December 4, 2013)

Shot off Tofino, Walter the blind sea otter is on the mend

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(December 4, 2013)

Keen hearing helps transient killer whales hunt prey

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(December 3, 2013)

Sea lions looking for love may end up lunch for killer whales: study

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(December 3, 2013)

The dolphin would have died from hypothermia

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(November 28, 2013)

Stranded whales buried near Murray Beach Provincial Park

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(November 7, 2013)

1,000 dolphins swim beside ferry off Gulf Islands

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(November 1, 2013)

A beluga carcass found in Lower St. Laurence

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(October 31, 2013)

Exotic Mexican turtle washes ashore near Prince Rupert

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(October 30, 2013)

In Canadian first, wild sea lions freed from marine debris

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(October 30, 2013)

Alarming decline of belugas in the St-Laurence River

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(October 25, 2013)

Resident killer whales off B.C. coast go mysteriously quiet

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(October 24, 2013)

Whale, dolphin carcasses sit on Cape Breton beaches

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(October 21, 2013)

Captain Hook disappearance : no news… bad news

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(October 21, 2013)

Rare bottlenose whale still hanging around Eastern Shore

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(October 12, 2013)

Record fine for a narwhal tusks’ smuggler

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(October 12, 2013)

Video Reveals Surprising Humpback Feeding Behavior

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(October 11, 2013)

Absence of right whales in Bay of Fundy puzzles scientists

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(October 4, 2013)

New Brunswick man given record fine for exporting narwhal tusks

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(October 2, 2013)

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Cetaceans (Whales, dolphins and porpoises)

Pinnipeds (Seals, sea lions and walruses)

Sea Turtles