Check out our guides and educational materials for mariners and citizen scientists!

Species Identification Guide

Whales, dolphins, porpoises, and sea turtles

Cetacean and sea turtle identification takes time and practice!  Download our printable guide to assist with the identification of all whale, dolphin, porpoise, and sea turtle species that you may encounter in British Columbia. 

Reporting Whale Entanglements 

A Mariner’s Guide to Reporting Whale Entanglements in Western Canada.

A resource for mariners to follow if they should ever encounter an entangled whale.  This guide will help vessel crew members to properly report, document, and help assess entangled whales to support authorized trained responders.   

Humpbacks of the North Coast

photo-identification catalogue humpback whales  in Chatham Sound and surrounding areas

This catalogue was compiled by the North Coast Cetacean Research Initiative (NCCRI), a program of the Coastal Ocean Research Institute, an initiative of Ocean Wise Conservation Association.

Noise and Killer Whales

Proposed metrics for the management of underwater noise for southern resident killer whales

This report is the result workshop which identified the characteristics of underwater noise that negatively impact southern resident killer whales and developed a framework for standardized metrics for measuring, comparing and detecting trends in their underwater soundscape.

The Mariner’s Guide

The Mariner’s Guide to Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises of Western Canada

The Mariner’s Guide was created in 2017 for large vessel mariners and aims to inform them about the many whale, dolphin, and porpoise species along the coast of British Columbia, threats to these animals that may be associated with large vessels and shipping, and how mariners can minimize these threats.

Data Requests

Sightings data is available for conservation-based research projects

The B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network considers data requests for academic research on ecology, basic biology, habitat use or related subjects, conservation assessment and planning, species recovery planning including critical habitat determination, and environmental impact assessment, evaluation and mitigation.

The BCCSN Sightings Portal

View and download your sightings

The BCCSN Sightings Portal allows citizen scientists to view and download their cetacean and sea turtle sightings reported to the B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network via WhaleReport.

Killer Whale Facts

Visit the Aquafacts page

Learn more about the Bigg’s (transient), Northern Resident, Southern Resident, and Offshore killer whale populations that call British Columbia home and how you can help to protect them.

Partners and Links

A list of BCCSN partners and supporters.

Learn more about the BCCSN’s many partners in conservation and research, discover other conservation initiatives at Ocean Wise, and to find more information about cetaceans and sea turtles.