Report Sightings


Reporting your sightings of whales and dolphins is an important way that you can help conservation outcomes in Victorian waters.

We lead several important citizen science projects aimed at improving our understanding of cetaceans in our region and the issues they face.

Our programs, especially the Two Bays Whale Project, are carefully designed so sightings are validated to ensure that data are reliable.   

We are interested in receiving sightings from all Victorian Waters, including the Gippsland Lakes, but have a strong focus on the central Two Bays region. 

Whale and Dolphin Watching Regulations
Please obey the minimum cetacean approach distances: 
Dolphins: 100m boat, 300m jetski.  Whales: 200m boat, 300m jetski. 
Download regulations HERE.  What to do if you find a stranded dolphin, HERE 

Contacts in Victoria
Whale and Dolphin Emergency Hotline:1300 136 017 

DELWP (for seals or marine turtles): 136 186 (business hours) 
AGL Marine Response Unit (seals and birds): 0477 158 676 
Dolphin Research Institute: 1300 130 949


The Two Bays Whale Project is a Citizen Science initiative led by the Dolphin Research Institute in partnership with Wildlife Coast Cruises. The project is designed to accurately record sightings of large cetacean species within Port Phillip, Western Port and adjacent waters (Barwon Heads to Inverloch). 

The key species for this citizen science project are humpback and southern right whales but can also include other species such as killer, minke and blue whales (also occasionally seen locally).

We respect your privacy and will never share your details with another party.

We will update you about the work of the Institute and the understanding that your sightings help us to achieve.


Examples of our programs

Dolphins and rower in Yarra
Your dolphin sighting reports are important!

October 5th, 2017

Dolphin researchers know we can’t be in all places all the time. So, sightings reports from you - the public - are an incredibly valuable source of data for us. Thank you, and we encourage you to cont...

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Seeing Dolphins In The Yarra !

October 2nd, 2017

It looks like even dolphins were in Melbourne for the Grand Final! This photo was taken today with dolphins near the Queen Street bridge, heading towards the Charles Grimes bridge. Thanks Lyndal Harri...

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DRI NL V68 – SPRING 2017

September 15th, 2017

DOWNLOAD DRI NL V68 - SPRING 2017 See what has been happening at the Dolphin Research Institute. Read about finding a new whale migration pathway, helping with emergency response and our Spring Appeal...

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Filming Segment for Totally Wild

July 26th, 2017

Totally Wild came to DRI today to shoot a segment for an upcoming episode of the Network 10 program. The focus was around the 50th humpback whale added to the Victorian Humpback Whale Catalogue. Alana...

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