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.
We need your help!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
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.
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...
Marine Scientists Urge Federal Government to Reduce Underwater Noise in the Salish Sea: Read their Letter Here!
20 marine scientists, specializing in anthropogenic noise and the endangered southern resident killer whale population,
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...