Whale Heritage Sites

Whale Heritage Sites are the only globally recognised way to identify destinations that implement and celebrate responsible and sustainable whale and dolphin watching.

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The World Cetacean Alliance believes whales and dolphins should be protected and celebrated. They have the power to inspire millions of people to care about our oceans.

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There are a number of environmental, social and economic benefits which will result from the implementation of Whale Heritage Sites.

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Our potential

We believe whale watching can play a critical role in protecting our oceans
US$2.1 Billion dollar industry
20M People watch whales each year
3,000+ Onboard scientists and educators
No. 1 BBC 50 things to do before you die

jmc_headshot“Whale Heritage Sites are becoming the gold standard for responsible whale watching destinations worldwide. But they also have so much more to offer. By interweaving natural and cultural elements and placing communities at their very heart, these sites will become places where people respect, celebrate, and protect cetaceans and their habitats long into the future.”

Jean-Michel Cousteau

Honorary President, World Cetacean Alliance

Founder, Ocean Futures Society