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SIGHTINGS

See the Photo ID catalogue here, submit your sightings to us and find out how to act when near these animals.
  • Photo ID Catalogue
  • Submit your Sighting
  • 0800 SEE ORCA


 

This non-profit study aims to match sightings of recognisable orca (Orcinus orca), also known as killer whales, between locations and between years to learn more about the population size, natural history and habitat needs of these animals.

We would be most grateful for any contributions to the catalogue & require sighting information as well as sharp photographs or video that clearly show dorsal fin, saddle patches and / or eye patches.


Orca and 2 small boats


Enter the details of your sighting in this online form and send it to us or follow this link and print and post the form.

 

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Tick any behaviours you observed

 

 

 

 

* Photographers will retain copyright of their work and contact addresses will not be supplied to third parties. The New Zealand Orca Identification Catalogue will not sell images but will forward any requests for use on to photographers.

 

 

0800 SEE ORCA or 0800 733 6722

 

Orca and BoatUse the free phone number above to contact the Orca Hotline if you see orca anywhere within New Zealand. This number will not work outside of New Zealand.

Typical information we look for during the call is:
Location
Estimated Number of orca observed
Direction of travel
Any behavioursOrca Blow

 


We will be happy

to receive good quality photos or video you might

have taken.

You can also submit this information on the sightings form

on this page and

can let us know on that if you'd like to

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