Contributing to conservation just got easy!
Recording cetaceans while you are out on a walk or enjoying a boat trip seems like a fun idea in practice but sometimes the associated paper work can be unwieldy and impractical in a hectic environment. This is where our new app comes in!
Sea Watch, Bangor University and Nova Innovation have launched a brand-new recording app, entitled “Sea Watcher”. This is freely available to everyone, with both an android version (download HERE) and one for Apple iOS users (download HERE). It can be run off smartphones or tablets and allows you to record dolphins and whales, all without struggling to find that pencil you could have sworn you were holding 30 seconds ago.
Watch our video on how to use the Sea Watcher App here:
The app allows for opportunistic sightings as well as dedicated surveys and is equipped to deal with both land and boat based data.
Sightings can be viewed on a map and there are a number of handy resources which will help identify what you’ve seen. In addition, there is a code of conduct for boat users, advice on photography, and details of what to do and who to contact if you find a stranded animal, either live or dead. It’s a great little pocket resource and an amazing opportunity to contribute to one of the longest running cetacean sightings networks in the world!
So next time you’re out and about, why not try it out! Learn more about UK cetaceans and support conservation!