Finding and Identifying Whales

The North Atlantic Right Whale Catalog
Read about the longest-running and most comprehensive North Atlantic right whale research and conservation initiative in the world and view pictures of right whales. This New England Aquarium search engine is connected to a live database. Sightings are updated automatically as whales are identified.

Society for Marine Mammalogy
The Society for Marine Mammalogy (SMM), Ad-Hoc Committee on Taxonomy, has produced the first official SMM list of marine mammal species and subspecies. Consensus on some issues was not possible; this is reflected in the footnotes. So, for those of you curious about exactly how many species of whale, dolphin and porpoise swim our global ocean, this is your most current source of information. Please note that you will have to scroll down the page to find the list, below the listings for the Family Carnivora.

The online “Hunt for Knowledge” Interactive
This fun and educational interactive was created by the New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park as part of the Webrangers program. Contributions to it were made by the Museum’s Department of Education.


Right Whale Listening Network
Learn about right whales and see where (and how) their calls have been detected within the past 24 hours.

The Jupiter Foundation
Will be installing new whale listening technology which may be broadcasting before next winter, so stay tuned! The Jupiter Foundation is dedicated to developing and applying new technologies for monitoring and understanding the natural world.

Schedule  for buoy deployment and live web broadcasting:

  • Hawaii: December – April 
  • Alaska: to be determined


Last modified: July 28, 2016