If you’re out and happen to see harbor porpoises or harbor seals, let us know!  

Become a Citizen Scientist and help us build a better picture of where harbor porpoises and harbor seals are going in the Salish Sea.

Becoming a Citizen Scientist is easy! Just click to download our Citizen Scientist Sighting Sheet*, head outside and start looking for harbor porpoises or harbor seals!

Before you start, you may want to watch our step-by-step Citizen Scientist Training Video where Research Director Dr. Cindy Elliser walks you through how to fill out your Sighting Sheet. 

*If you are observing at our primary field location of Burrows Pass, Washington Park (Anacortes), download this sheet which is specifically for that location.

Basic Instructions for Recording Marine Mammal Sightings:

  1. If you can, snap a picture. This can be tricky, but if you manage it we might even be able to identify the animals you saw!
  2. Take note of the date, time, and location where you saw the animals. Make sure to record the species of animal you saw.
  3. Record environmental conditions at the time of the sighting if possible (e.g. temperature, sun/cloud cover, sea state, tidal state, etc.)
  4. Note whether the porpoises or seals you observed were engaged in any specific behaviors (e.g. wake-surfing, foraging, etc.).
  5. If you can, estimate numbers of porpoises or seals observed.

Once your observation is complete, send your photos and/or sighting information to us via email at cindy.elliser@pacmam.org


Current Citizen Science Locations:

Anacortes, WA

Port Townsend, WA