Sightings network

The Sightings Network is an avenue for any Reef user to tell us about the amazing creatures they see in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

The observations, photographs and video recordings people send in through to the program help us to build knowledge about the diversity, abundance, habitats and range of marine animals. They also provide up-to-date information on the distribution of protected and iconic species such as marine turtles and Maori wrasse.

We welcome sightings from within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, as well as adjacent areas such as the Coral Sea, Gulf of Carpentaria and southern Queensland region.

How to report a sighting

The Sightings Network was established in 2007 as partnership between the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the Queensland Government and the tourism industry. Since then, Reef users have used it to record more than 9000 sightings of interesting marine animals, including humpback whales, dwarf minke whales, dugongs, dolphins, whale sharks, tiger sharks and green sea turtles.

As well as using the network to record interesting sightings, people can use it to report reef health impacts such as coral bleaching and damage, marine incidents such as as oil spills and chemical pollution, or strandings of marine animals.

This information is a vital component of the early warning system for health impacts under the Reef Health Incident Response System.

If you would prefer to speak to someone about a sick, injured, stranded or dead marine animal, please call the special hotline: 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625).