Marine mammals and sea turtles

Species identification, reporting a sighting or incident, the marine mammal response program.

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Services and information

Identify a species

Photos and facts, including conservation information, of marine mammals found in Canadian waters.

Report a sighting or incident

Mandatory forms and contact information for reporting incidents or sightings in your region.

Ghost gear

The problem with ghost fishing gear and what we are doing about it.

Marine mammal research

Expert teams conducting research on marine mammal species across Canada.

Marine mammal response program

The response network that helps marine mammals and sea turtles in distress, annual reports.

Marine mammal working group

Read about the interests and mandate of the working group and the roles and responsibilities of the Chair.

Watching marine wildlife

Guidelines and best practices for observing marine animals in your region.

Whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans)

Species list, right whale fishery notices, whale-watching tips, protection from boat collisions, report an incident.

Sea Turtles

Biological and conservation information regarding Sea Turtles.

Authorization to disturb marine mammals

Application form to get authorization for activities that will disturb a marine mammal.

At-Sea Observers Marine Mammal Identification Guide

A program for the proper identification of marine mammal and turtle species in Canada.

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions and answers on how to watch whales and marine mammals without disturbing them.

What we are doing


First-ever footage of salmon shark behaviour

First-ever footage of salmon shark behaviour

View a salmon shark behavior caught on video by the science crew aboard the 2019 Pacific Seamount Expedition.

Protecting killer whales

Protecting killer whales

How Canada is taking action to help southern resident killer whales.

Protecting Canada’s wild salmon

Protecting Canada’s wild salmon

How we’re ensuring healthy, diverse salmon populations across Canadian ecosystems.

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