Whale and Dolphin Tracker 4+

Pacific Whale Foundation

    • 2.7 • 20 Ratings
    • Free



Log sightings and identify species of commonly sighted whales and dolphins from any location around the world. Whale and Dolphin Tracker provides a platform where both professional scientists and members of the public can participate in research and conservation by contributing their marine wildlife sightings. By submitting your sightings you will add to a global database that will help researchers determine patterns of species distribution and how these species interact with their environment.


-Log sightings in real-time during your trip.
-Use the built-in GPS logger to create a full GPS track of your trip.
-Upload photos from your mobile device to submit with your sighting.
-Maintain full access to your submitted data through your Whale and Dolphin Tracker account.
-View global sightings submitted by all users on a live sightings map updated in real time.

Contribute to research:

-Crowdsourcing allows for a larger scope of data collection than what is possible for dedicated researchers to achieve.
-Greater coverage in both time and space increases the likelihood of documenting rare and/or understudied marine wildlife.
-Citizen science creates ocean stewards and leads to a greater awareness of marine wildlife.

How to submit a sighting:

- Use the app to record GPS location of any sightings of whales, dolphins, and other marine wildlife.
- Help researchers account for survey effort by associating a track with each sighting. Simply start the GPS track when you depart land and stop the track upon your return. Complete GPS tracks enable calculations of sightings per distance and are valuable for research on distribution of marine animals.
- Upload photos associated with your sightings directly from your mobile device. Photos will be used by researchers to confirm species identification and will be added to photo-identification databases, where applicable.

What’s New

Version 1.30

More GPX track upload fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

2.7 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Jprin wildlife ,

How do I go I browse whale sightings international?

How do I go I browse whale sightings international?

Reensjp ,

Too hard to use in the moment

We were surrounded by whales on our boat recently, and I tried to put an entry into the app, but there’s too much information that is “required”, it became time consuming, and I decided to not worry about it, because I was missing the whales! It would be nice if there was a “short” form version of the app, for users without all of the technical information, and then an option to include more information, if you choose.

I wanted to love this app, especially as a new boat owner, but it’s not as helpful as I’d hoped, and too much to do to use it in the moment.

cowboy41 ,

Needs work

Too hard to put in a sighting or look at sightings near by. For some reason even if you allow the app to track your location while using it, it still says it does not have access to your location. Giving it access all the time is ridiculous. Next allow the user to drop a pin where sighting is. I was on shore and say dolphins swim by but now it looks like they were on shore. Next why do I have to select from a group of only your boats? Allow others like on shore, type in a name, unknown. Hopefully it gets help otherwise do not bother.

App Privacy

The developer, Pacific Whale Foundation, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Contact Info
  • User Content

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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