Lance Barrett-Lennard

NEWS: Become a Master of Cetacean Identification

Mar 31, 2015

Did you know that if you see a white band on the pectoral flipper of a whale, you are likely looking at a minke whale? As many cetacean-spotters know, it can prove challenging to determine what species you are looking at, especially in when you are only able to catch a brief glimpse! B.C. is lucky as it is host to a large diversity of cetacean species. To assist you in distinguishing between species, we have created some new identification tools that can help you expand and test your cetacean identification knowledge.


Wild Whales is the home of the B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network, a conservation and research program of the Vancouver Aquarium, 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. Have you seen one? We'd like to know!

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If you live on B.C.'s coast and spend time on the water, we are available to give a special Wild Whales presentation for your school, nature group, professional organization or festival. Email us for more information or to book a presentation!