Your sighting will help us look after marine mammals by providing information about population sizes, breeding rates and movement patterns.
Call 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468) immediately if you see:
- a Māui dolphin
- an entangled, stranded, or deceased marine mammal.
Use the online form below to report other marine mammal sightings.
If you have photos of your marine mammal sighting email them to us separately at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name so we can match photos to the correct form submission.
Online sightings form
You must fill in fields marked with *
|Agency (if relevant) e.g. DOC, MPI, tourism operator|
Circumstances of sighting
|Date of sighting (DD/MM/YYYY)*|
|Time of sighting (HH:MM)|
|Location* (describe the location of sighting)|
|Latitude (Y; northing)|
|Longitude (X; easting)|
|Where were you when you sighted the animal?|
|If platform is a vessel, what is the vessel name? |
|General description of weather conditions (wind conditions, tide, sea state, swell, etc) |
|Observation type (if unsure select “opportunistic/casual”)|
|Type of animal*|
|Name of species* (best guess or get help with identification)|
|Description of sighting event|
|Estimated total minimum number of animals seen (adults and juveniles)* |
|Number of juveniles/calves|
|Distance from shore, in metres (if known; no ranges) |
|Do you have any photos or videos of your sighting?|
|Send your photos to email@example.com|
|Add any extra details including behaviour of animal, direction they were travelling, length of animal, distinguishing features for species or individual identification (particularly useful if no photos were taken or photos aren’t great quality)|