Marine mammals

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.

Protecting whales

Actions to help protect Canada's endangered whales.

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.

Cetacean species and conservation

There are over 90 species of cetaceans that inhabit the world's oceans, lakes and rivers according to the World Cetacean Database (2016).

Humpback Whale Catalogue

This catalogue is a collection of identification photographs of humpback whales seen in British Columbian waters from 1989 to 2007.

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 guide

How to correctly identify marine mammal and sea turtle species.

Frequently asked questions

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

What we are doing


Protecting Canada's Endangered Whales

Protecting Canada's Endangered Whales

2020 fishery management measures for protecting North Atlantic right whales

Protecting killer whales

Protecting killer whales

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

Consultations for cetaceans in captivity

Consultations for cetaceans in captivity

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