Victorian marine mammals include southern right whales, humpback whales, blue whales, bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins and the Australian fur seal.
For assistance with an injured, stranded or dead whale or dolphin immediately call:
|Whale and Dolphin Emergency Hotline||1300 136 017|
Further information can also be found at Whale and dolphin emergencies.
Identification guide for marine mammals
Download the identification guide for marine mammals or contact our Customer Contact Centre on 136 186 for a copy.
Fact sheets about Victorian whales, dolphins and seals:
About marine mammals
Although they live in the ocean, whales, dolphins and seals are not as different from humans as you may think. Like us, they are warm-blooded, breathe air and produce milk for their young.
When they feel comfortable, whales, dolphins and seals will readily approach boats and swimmers.
We need to be careful about how close we get to these animals and what we do in their presence, as we can pose a risk to their health and well-being.
Regulations are in place to protect these special animals and to provide world-class viewing opportunities.
These regulations set standards for watching whales, dolphins and seals in the wild, including viewing from the land, water or air.
Activities such as swimming, feeding, touching, and making noise close to our marine mammals are also regulated.
For a full copy of the Wildlife (Marine Mammal) Regulations 2009 or the Wildlife Act 1975, please visit Parliament of Victoria.
Review of regulations
The Wildlife (Marine Mammals) Regulations 2009 are due to expire in November 2019. New regulations are currently being developed. People affected by the new regulations will be invited to provide feedback during the development process. For any enquiries please contact the DELWP Customer Contact Centre or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Page last updated: 26/02/19