Whale and dolphin sightings
Watching whales, dolphins and porpoises in the wild is a privileged experience and everyone has their own unique encounters with these amazing creatures. We collate sightings of whales, dolphins and porpoises, collectively known as cetaceans, from all around the UK.
Sightings are becoming more frequent as awareness of UK whales and dolphins increases and it remains important to maintain a record of every sighting. These records help us build an archive of their movements and gives an indication of the where whales and dolphins choose to make their homes within UK waters. It is only by increasing our understanding of these creatures that we can effectively protect them. We welcome sightings information from professional surveyors and the public.
There are four essentials to remember in order to provide us with really useful records:
- What is the species - give the English name, and the scientific (Latin) if possible. To help you identify the species you see take a look at our species guide
- Where did you see the whale or dolphin - give a precise location, latitude/ longitude or a six figure grid reference.
- When did you see the whale or dolphin - day, month, year.
- Who saw the whale or dolphin - give a name. If you did not make the identificaiton, also give us the determiner’s name.
How to Report a Sighting
The quickest and easiest way to submit your sightings is by using our online recording form. This form uses ineractive maps to help you pinpoint your exact location, and you can also send photos with your sightings to show us what you have seen and to help with identification!
If you have any queries email us at firstname.lastname@example.org