Use the online form to report a marine mammal sighting. Report Māui dolphin or entangled/stranded/deceased animal sightings to 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468) immediately.

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 Include your name so we can match photos to the correct form submission. Please detail any specific conditions regarding their use.

Online sightings form

You must fill in fields marked with *

Your details

Agency (if relevant) e.g. DOC, MPI, tourism operator
Phone number

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)
Capture method
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”)

Sighting information

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)

Photos and Video

Do you have any photos or videos of your sighting?
Send your photos and videos to
Conditions of image use

Creative Commons Licence

Other remarks
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)
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