Identification Resources

Learning to identify cetaceans and sea turtles can take time and practice. While it may be easy to find sharp, focused images of these species, spotting them in the ocean can be very difficult. If you would like to improve your cetacean and sea turtle identification skills, check out the resources below, then head out on or near the water and practice looking for cues like blows, splashes, or dorsal fins. And remember, marine wildlife can be unpredictable, you never know when or where you may see a cetacean or sea turtle!

Click here for a printable species identification guide.

Click here for a key that can be used to identify common cetaceans in B.C. waters.

Click here for a cetacean identification quiz.