Cetacean sightings

Cetacean sightings – what to record

Our Victorian waters are the home of resident and migratory cetaceans species, including common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, humpback whales, killer whales, and the critically endangered southern right whale. You can help cetacean scientists by reporting any cetaceans you observe.

Your sighting report can help us to understand the patterns of movement of species and may support our knowledge of their regular presence in an area or document changes in their known patterns.

Important details to record include:

  • Time and date?
  • Location / GPS
  • Species?
  • How many?
    • Adults?
    • Calves in the group?
  • Direction of travel
  • Behaviour?

Humpback whale
Breaching humpback whale. Image taken under a research permit.