About Wild Whales

Wild Whales is the home of the B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network

Wild Whales is the home of the B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network, a research and conservation program of the Vancouver Aquarium, in collaboration with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Our goal is to increase public awareness of British Columbia’s whales, dolphins, porpoises and sea turtles, and the threats to their survival. You can help by reporting animals you see in B.C. waters and by learning more about how to minimize your impact to marine mammals in our Threats section.

Home ports or locations of observers in the B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network

Who we are and what we do:

The B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network is a network of over 3,600 observers across British Columbia, including whale watching operators, lighthouse keepers, charter boat operators, tugboat captains, BC Ferries personnel, researchers, government employees, recreational boaters and coastal residents. Our observers report their sightings of cetaceans and sea turtles via our website, toll-free hotline, email, or our logbook program.

Wild Whales works to both gather data on the occurrence of whales, dolphins and porpoises in BC waters and to educate boaters and coastal citizens about the threats these species face.  Data are available for sharing, please refer to our Contact Information page for further details. Throughout the year we present to thousands of British Columbians at schools, community groups, professional associations and festivals. If you are interested in having Wild Whales staff talk to your group, please contact us at sightings@vanaqua.org.

Types of observers that participate in the B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network

Wild Whales has participated in the development of the Be Whale Wise Marine Wildlife Guidelines for Boaters, Paddlers and Viewers (Revised 2006) and is a member of the BC Marine Mammal Response Network.