Whales, dolphins and seals
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.
Twenty-five species of whales, two species of dolphin and six species of seals live or migrate through Victorian waters.
These include southern right whales, humpback whales, blue whales, bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins and the Australian fur seal.
To view a brochure about Victoria's marine mammals, please contact the DEPI Customer Service Centre on 136 186 for a copy or download the following:
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 guidelines 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.