DOLPHIN & WHALE FACTS
Learn about whales and dolphins off Southern California
marine mammal species off Southern California – one of the most diverse populations of aquatic mammals in the world
Meet 10 fascinating whales and dolphins found off California! Learn cool facts, threats they’re facing, and explore some of the scientific insights Ocean Conservation Society staff has made about these charismatic animals during 25 years of on-the-water research.
Common Bottlenose Dolphin
Short-beaked Common Dolphin
Protect whales and dolphins now and for future generations
Here's how you can help
Learn Safe Observation
Learn how to safely observe whales, dolphins and other marine mammals - whether from a boat, surfboard or when kayaking or swimming.
Report Injuries or Harassment
Know who to contact if you encounter marine animals who are injured, in distress, or those being harassed by humans or boats.
Support Marine Research
OCS conducts one of the longest-running investigations on wild dolphins and whales existing worldwide. Learn more about research projects that help ensure the protection of these animals for generations to come.
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whale and dolphin species drawings © Massimo Demma / ICRAM / Muzzio