Use this online form to report a marine mammal sighting.

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:

  • an entangled, stranded, or deceased marine mammal
  • a Hector's or Māui dolphin on the east coast of the North Island.

Online marine mammal sighting form

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Your details

When was the sighting

Where was the sighting

Do you have a GPS location?

Sighting information

Our live sighting form (PDF, 404K) may help you identify the type of mammal and species.

Type of animal

Is there anything else you can tell us about the sighting?

Add any extra details including behaviour of animal, direction they were travelling, length of animal, distinguishing features for species or individual identification. This is particularly useful if no photos were taken or photos aren’t great quality.

Photos and video

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Files accepted: jpg, jpeg, png, pdf, doc, docx, mp4, mp3, avi, wmv. Files must be smaller than 100MB.

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