Seen a whale? We want to know!Wild Whales is the home of the BC 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. We collect sightings of all cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) and sea turtles from British Columbia and surrounding waters. 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 HERE!
We need your help! By reporting sightings, researchers are able to better understand the relative abundance, distribution, and habitat use of BC’s threatened and endangered cetaceans and sea turtles.
Of the 23 species of whales, dolphins, porpoises, and sea turtles in BC waters, 12 are listed under the Species at Risk Act as Endangered, Threatened, or Special Concern. Learn more about the many anthropogenic threats these animals face.
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.
Research biologist Sarah Patton shares her memorable experience teaching Ocean Bridge students aboard the Providence, …
This week on Ocean.org, learn how drone research at Ocean Wise's Coastal Ocean Research Institute is aiding efforts to save the Southern Resident population from extinction. Watch the video HERE! Ocean Wise researchers, in partnership with NOAA's Southwest Fisheries...