Identification of marine species

Download identification tools for marine species  

The marine species identification guide developed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada will allow you to hone your skills and knowledge in the identification of Atlantic Canada’s marine mammals and other marine species. Click here to download the guide.

The St. Lawrence Shark Observatory (ORS) offers a portrait of the nine most important shark species found in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and its Estuary. Consult the shark identification sheets on the ORS website.

The Canadian Sea Turtle is an organization dedicated to the conservation of sea turtles in Canada and around the world.

Download the identification and reporting sheet for the sharks and sea turtles.

The Marine Mammal Observation Network (MMON) has produced a poster to help identify the 13 main species of whales that frequent the waters of the Northwest Atlantic. Click here to download the poster.


Complete an online training in whale identification and data collection

The objective of this training is to help you polish your whale identification skills for the various species in the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Northwest Atlantic and the Eastern Arctic, as well as to collect observation data. These data allow for a more comprehensive understanding of the distribution and abundance of whales, which ultimately contributes to their preservation.

Online training:

Observation data collection: