Become a citizen scientist and use your wildlife sightings to inform important research. When you see or photograph an animal, send it in to local research organizations or submit it to citizen scientist sites like iNaturalist and HappyWhale. Participate as a volunteer in programs like Beach Watch.
Donate your time and/or money to local organizations like Golden Gate Cetacean Research, Point Blue, or the Greater Farallones Association. You can also donate to organizations like the National Foundation for Marine Sanctuaries which protect marine life across the country.
Vote with your dollar and with your fork. Support ethical wildlife watching companies and consume ethically caught seafood. Find out if your seafood is sustainable using Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch.
Remember the 5 R's of plastic consumption: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Remove.
know the rules
Know the rules for boating, swimming, or interacting with marine mammals. Remember that it's against the law to approach whales closer than 100 yards, but the rules vary for different types of animals. Never feed or harass marine life.
spread the word
Let others know about the importance of ocean conservation.