Dolphin and Whale Apps from NOAA Fisheries

Oct 24, 2013

NOAA Fisheries to help you identify and aid stranded or injured dolphins and whales.

The Dolphin & Whale 911 app (Android and iOS) will enhance accurate and timely reporting of stranded marine mammals in the Southeastern U.S.

This app will allow you to

  • Report dead, injured or entangled marine mammals by connecting you to the nearest stranding response hotline, so that trained responders and veterinarians can treat the animal (App only works in Southeastern US- stay tuned for expansion to additional geographic areas).
  • Send a photo of the marine mammal along with GPS coordinates to the marine mammal stranding network
  • Identify the kind of animal by providing an electronic field guide of marine mammals found in the Southeastern U.S.
  • Help live and dead stranded marine mammals by providing you with a list of “do’s and don’ts” or tips on what to do when you find a live or dead stranded dolphin, whale, seal or manatee.

The See & ID Dolphins & Whales app (Android and iOS) provides an extensive electronic species ID guide complete with information on biology, habitat (including maps), conservation, as well as guidelines for viewing marine mammals in the wild.

This app provides the following marine mammal information:

  • Identification: illustrations, photos and physical descriptions (size, color, body shape)
  • Biology: behaviors, diet, life history
  • Habitat: distribution (including map)
  • Conservation: status (protected / endangered), population size, and threats
  • Viewing guidelines: recommended ways to responsibly view marine mammals in the wild that will help reduce disturbance and ensure you are following the law (Marine Mammal Protection Act).

You can find more government apps like the ones above at

Oct 24, 2013