Click on one of the icons to the right to reveal a full description of the species with photos and labeled illustrations useful for species identification, as well as information on biology, ecology and conservation status of each species. Click here to find downloadable PDF fact sheets for each of the species featured on this site.
Explore this section to find links to downloadable PDF reports, species ID guides, a table of guidelines and regulations from around the world, a glossary of whale-watching terms, and a fully searchable database of over 300 reports and peer-reviewed articles on whale watching.
This Handbook is designed to support managers, regulators, operators and anyone interested in whale watching. It is a flexible and evolving tool incorporating international best practice, educational resources and a summary of the latest, relevant scientific information. Content has been drafted and sourced in consultation with IWC and CMS affiliated scientists and managers from around the world, and is reviewed each year at the meeting of the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission.
The table below contains links to downloadable, printable A4 format Factsheets for the species featured in this handbook. These are designed to provide a quick overview of essential identifying features, distribution and important facts, and can be viewed on screen, or printed (and laminated) for use on vessels during whale watching trips. They are a useful resource for whale watchers, guides, operators, or anyone interested in learning more about whales and dolphins! Full species accounts with more photos and detailed information on ecology, biology and distribution can be found here.