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Santa Cruz, California, USA

Region Active:

Global, Antarctica



Cetaceans, Marine research


HappyWhale offers the opportunity to contribute to science through photography of marine mammals. Through its web platform,, images are shared, and individual whales identified, and contributors are notified of who their whale is, as well as of future resightings of their whale. HappyWhale has identified almost every individual humpback whale in the North Pacific Ocean, and has built a global database of over 68000 individuals. This information helps with whale rescue response to entanglement, understanding population change, and education about the world’s whales. An evolving project.

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