Identifying cetaceans

What to take note of……..

To help identify cetacean species found in our local waters, take note of the following features:

  • Size of individuals
  • Presence, or lack of, dorsal fin and its position
  • Size and shape of pectoral fins
  • Shape and height of blow
  • Surfacing and diving behaviour
  • Body size, shape and colour

Reporting your sighting helps us further understand the presence and movement of cetaceans along the Victorian coastline.

Illustrations by Tony Pyrzakowski ©