Wild Whales

Wild Whales is the home of the B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network, a conservation and research program of the Coastal Ocean Research Institute, an Ocean Wise Initiative, in partnership with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). We collect sightings of all cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and sea turtles from British Columbia and surrounding waters.

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By analyzing reported sightings we are able to gain valuable information about species distribution patterns and aid in future recovery and management plans for species at risk. Report a Sighting


Of the 23 species of whales, dolphins, porpoises and sea turtles in B.C. waters, 12 are listed under the Species at Risk Act as Endangered, Threatened or Special Concern.

Identifying Species

Some species, such as the killer whale, are large, distinctive and easy to identify. Other species, however, are more difficult to distinguish.


Whales, dolphins, porpoise and sea turtles that inhabit British Columbia waters face many anthropogenic threats.

How Sightings Are Used

Information about the distribution and abundance of species is the key to both understanding the status of the species, and whether the status of the population is improving, steady or declining.

Recent News

A Summer of North Coast Cetaceans

Each summer, our North Coast office hires summer students through the Canada Summer Jobs program to help with various projects related to cetacean research and conservation out of Prince Rupert, BC.  This year, Sarah Ducharme, a fourth year student at Vancouver Island...

Untangling Entanglements

Entanglement of whales in fishing gear has increasingly been in the news over the last several years, perhaps most memorably with the humpback that stranded in White Rock in 2012, entangled in plastic long line. On the B.C. coast the habitats of whales, dolphins and...