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 downloads and links to documents and resources that whale and dolphin watching operators may find useful for developing their activities and business plans. Other resources that may be useful to industry stakeholders include:
A manual written by Edward Millard and published by Conservation International.
‘The purpose of this manual is to strengthen the use of good business practice in the field of environmental enterprise development. It provides guidance in planning enterprises so that they achieve financial viability, socioeconomic development for local populations, and conservation of the region’s natural resources—the triple bottom line’
Whale Sense has compiled resources for captains, guides, passengers, teachers and students. These include links to key laws and regulations, species identification guides, photo-ID catalogues for well studied whale populations in different areas, and much more. These are grouped by region- Alaska and the Atlantic.
This site includes a handbook on how to meet the European Ecotourism Labeling Standards (EETLS). Although some aspects are very specific to this labeling scheme, most aspects are relevant to good ecotourism practice anywhere in the world.