american cetacean society - orange county 

THIS IS ACS-Oc!

The Spring 2016 class with their diplomas!

The Spring 2019 graduating class!

The Summer 2017 class with their diplomas!

ACS-OC Naturalist Hannah Rich (right), talks about echolocation with a young passenger, aboard a boat out of Newport Beach.

ACS-OC Naturalist Steve O'Toole (right) explains some finer points aboard a boat out of Dana Point.

Species studied include:

•             Gray, Blue, Fin, Minke, Humpback and Orca whales

•             Common, Bottlenose, Risso's and Pacific Whitesided dolphins

•             California Sea Lions


ACS-OC conducts naturalist training once or twice a year.  The next class will begin on Thursday, August 1st, and take place every Thursday through October 24th.   To express interest for this and future classes (no obligation), please email the course instructor and facilitator, Jill Lemon, at acsoc.learn@gmail.com


This is a great chance to learn more about whales and dolphins!  Once you’re certified, you can represent ACS-OC on board whale-watching vessels, at schools and at other venues.

Some of our Naturalists have science backgrounds, but most do not. To be certified, you'll need a sincere interest in the subject, an aptitude for learning, good interpersonal/communication skills, and a willingness to devote time to learning more about these beautiful animals and how to teach people about them.

Naturalist candidates are expected to attend at least 10 sessions, make short presentations in front of the group on all species studied, and pass a 2-page written quiz.

love whales?  become an acs-oc certified NATURALIST!

The Spring 2018 graduating class!