Whale Websites and Links

Whale Rescue


New South Wales
ORRCA (Organisation for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans in Australia)
Hotline Phone Number 02 9415 3333
www.orrca.org.au (ORRCA)

Northern Territory
Marine Wildwatch
Hotline Phone Number 1800 453 941

Hotline Phone Number 1300 264 625

South Australia
SA National Parks & Wildlife Service
Hotline Phone Number 1300 650 411
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Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment
Hotline Phone Number 0427 942 537

Whale and Dolphin Emergency Hotline
Hotline Phone Number 1300 136 017

Western Australia
Hotline Phone Number 08 9474 9055

New Zealand

Department of Conservation (DOC)
NZ Govt Stranding Hotline: 0800 362 468

Project Jonah
Project Jonah Stranding Hotline: 0800 4 94253
www.projectjonah.org.nz (Project Jonah)

If all else fails call NZ Police on phone number 111.

Conservation and Environment NGO’s

Earth Watch Institute Australia (EWAust)

Greenpeace Australia Pacific (Greenpeace Aust)

IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) (IFAWAust)

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (Sea Shepherd Aust)

WWF (World Wildlife Fund) (WWFAust) (WWF Whales)

Humane Society International (HSI) 

Ocean Pollution 

Two Hands Project (THP)

Take 3 Org (TK3)


Australian Government Agencies

Australian Federal Government
Australian Marine Mammal Centre (Marine Mammals)

The Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing (QLDParks)

NSW Parks and Wildlife Service (Wild About Whales) (NSWParks)
NSW Maritime (NSWMaritime)

Parks Victoria (VicParks)

Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania (TasParks)

South Australia
The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (SAParks)

Western Australia
The Department of Environment and Conservation (WAParks)

Northern Territory
Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport (NTParks)

Australian Federal Government
The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DeptEnviro)

New Zealand Government Agencies

Department of Conservation (NZDOC)


Australia – Universities

BRAHSS (Behavioural Response of Australian Humpback Whales to Seismic Surveys) (BRAHSS)
BRAHSS is a major research project aimed at understanding how humpback whales respond to seismic surveys involving the Universities of Queensland, Sydney and Newcastle, the Curtin University of Technology, the Australian Antarctic Division and the Defence Science and Technology Organisation.

James Cook University – Minke Whale Project (MWP)

Macquarie University – Marine Mammal Research Group

Murdoch University – Cetacean Research Unit (MUCRU)

University of Queensland – Cetacean Ecology and Acoustics Laboratory (CEAL)

Southern Cross University – Whale Research Centre (SCU)

The Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS)

Georgetown University (USA) – The Shark Bay Dolphin Project (MMD)
Establishment in 1984, The Shark Bay Dolphin Project is an in-depth and long term study of the dolphins of Shark Bay in Western Australia.

New Zealand – Universities

Auckland University of Technology – Cetacean Research (AUT)

University of Otago – Marine Mammal Research Group (UO)

Private or Not For Profit Whale Studies and Groups


Blue Whale Study Inc (Blue Whale Study)
A charitable organisation conducting ecological research and education since 1998 to promote understanding and conservation of Endangered blue whales and their feeding habitat in southern Australian waters.

Centre for Whale Research (CRW)
The Centre for Whale Research (Western Australia) Inc. is a non-profit research institute established in 1993 to conduct scientific research into marine mammals in the order Cetacea, the whales, dolphins and porpoises.

Humpbacks and Highrises (H&H)
H&H is studying Humpback whales migration past Queensland’s Gold Coast.

Kimberley Community Whale Research Project (KCWRP)
The Kimberley Community Whale Research Project is a land-based Humpback Whale survey in the Kimberly region of Western Australia.

Marine Mammal Research (MMR)

Migaloo  (Migaloo)
The White Whale Research Centre

Norfolk Island Whale Survey

Oceania Project (OP)
The Oceania Project has been conducting research within the Hervey Bay Marine Park in Queensland for more than a decade.

The Australian Orca Database (AOD)
The Australian Orca Database (est 09), was formally known as the “Southern Ocean Orca Database” (est 1994) and strives to build a better understanding of Australia’s Killer Whales (Orcinus orca).

Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF)

Surface and Underwater Research on Feeding Australian Humpback Whales – Based in Eden, NSW

The Western Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI)

New Zealand

Kaikoura Ocean Research Institute (KORI)
Founded in 2012, the Kaikoura Ocean Research Institute Inc. (K.O.R.I) is a network of marine researchers and educators working in the Kaikoura area of New Zealand.

NZ Whale and Dolphin Trust (NZWDT)
The New Zealand Whale and Dolphin Trust is a research driven organisation committed to the conservation of New Zealand’s whales and dolphins. They are particularly interested in the Maui’s and Hector’s Dolphins.

Orca Research Trust – NZ 

The Kingdom of Tonga

The Tongan Fluke Collective (TFC)
The Tongan Fluke Collective (TFC) aims to build a catalogue of tail fluke ID images of the Humpback whales visiting the Kingdom of Tonga during the breeding and calving season to help scientists build a better understanding of their numbers and distribution.

Whale / Ocean Conservation Groups

Women for Whales (W4W)
Women for Whale’s mission is to create and support a universal collaboration for the protection and conservation of  marine mammals through methods that are pro-active, positive and peaceful.

Surfers for Cetaceans (S4C)
Living Oceans (LO)

Australian Whale and Dolphin Watching Tours


Whale Watching Queensland (WWQLD)

Hervey Bay
Blue Dolphin Tours (BDT)

Freedom Whale Watch (FWW)
Hervey Bay Whale Watch (HBWW)
MV Mikat (MVM)
Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF)
Spirit of Hervey Bay (SOHB)
Tasman Venture (TV)
Whale Watching Hervey Bay (WWHB)

Gold Coast
Sea World Whale Watch (SWWW)


Far North Coast
Coolangatta – Coolangatta Whale Watch (CWW)

Kingscliff – Watersports Guru (WSG)

Byron Bay – Blue Bay Whale Watching (BBWW)

Wooli – Wooli Dive Centre (WDC)

Mid North Coast
Coffs Harbour – Pacific Explorer (PE)

South West Rocks – Fish Rock Dive Centre (FRDC)
South West Rocks – Big River Environmental 4WD ECO TOURS (BRE)

Port Macquarie – Port Macquarie Cruise Adventures (PMCA)

Port Stephens – Dolphin Swim Australia (DSA)
Port Stephens – Imagine Cruises (IC)
Port Stephens – Moonshadow Cruises (MSC)
Port Stephens – Tamboi Queen Cruises (TQC)

Central Coast
Ettalong – Central Coast Charters (CCC)
Palm Beach/Patong – Fantasea Cruises (FSC)

Australian Spirit Sailing (ASS)
Captain Cook Cruises (CCC)
Fantasea Cruises (FSC)

Halicat Tours (HCT)
Manly Ocean Adventures (MOA)
Manly Whale Watching (MWW)
Pro Dive Whale Watching (PD)
Sydney Whale Watching (SWW)
Whale Watching Sydney (WWS)

South Coast
Jervis Bay – Dolphin Watch Cruises (DWC)

Narooma – Narooma Charters (NC)

Eden – Cat Balou Cruises (CBC)


Warrnambool – Warrnambool Whale Watching (WWW)


Bruny Island – Bruny Island Cruises (BIC)

Tasman Island – Tasman Island Adventure Cruises (TIAC)

South Australia

Vitor Harbour – South Australian Whale Centre (SAWC)

Western Australia


Absolute Ocean Charters (AOC)
Kimberley Whales (KW)

Sentosa Charters (SC)

Oceanic Cruises (OCWA)

Dunsborough – Naturaliste Charters (NC)

Northern Territory

New Zealand Whale and Dolphin Watching Tours

North Island

Auckland’s Whale and Dolphin Safari (AWDS)

Paihia (Bay of Islands) – Dolphin Cruises (DCP)

Whakatane – Whale Island Tours (WIT) 

South Island

Dolphin Encounter (DEK)
Whale Watch Kaikoura (KWW)

Wings Over Whales (WOW)
Air Kaikoura (AK)

Akaroa Dolphins (AD)
Black Cat (ABC)
EcoSeaker (ECS)
Swimming With Dolphins (SWD)


Tonga Whale and Dolphin Watching Tours


Dolphin Pacific Diving

Tongan Expeditions

Whales in the Wild (WITW)


Majestic Whale Encounters (MWE)




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