ORCA News

Dec01

Guest blog: Richard Barrett

Guest blog: Richard Barrett

Wild World, Photographing Iconic Wildlife: Orca

Nov15

Our final Saga cruise of 2021!

Our final Saga cruise of 2021!

Since 2007, teams of four Marine Mammal Surveyors have been invited onboard Saga’s ships and we have built up a reputation for enhancing the enjoyment of guests' trips and their understanding of marine wildlife. 

Nov03

Ocean Conservationist Course Launched

Ocean Conservationist Course Launched

We’re recruiting the next generation of Ocean Conservationists to help us protect the marine environment!

Oct19

Ship Strike in Japan

Categories // Whale & Dolphin General News

Ship Strike in Japan

Sadly, large whales are hit by ships (‘ship strike’) globally, but this threat is poorly understood and under-reported.

Oct04

Investigating harbour porpoise distribution and drivers

Investigating harbour porpoise distribution and drivers

In the 2018 State of European Cetaceans report, we featured research by Kimberly Nielsen, who was completing a Masters at Plymouth University, using ORCA data investigate harbour porpoise distribution and drivers. This research has now been published in a new paper! 

Sep13

PhD investigating ship strike in the north-east Atlantic

PhD investigating ship strike in the north-east Atlantic

An update from James Robbins about his PHD investigating the risk of ship strikes to cetaceans in the north-east Atlantic. 

Aug16

The first ORCA wedding!

The first ORCA wedding!

Here at ORCA we love to see our volunteer Marine Mammal Surveyors becoming friends and keeping in touch after meeting on surveys and cruises, so were thrilled when we heard that Charlotte and Terry were getting married after meeting on an ORCA trip! Read on to find out their story.

Aug11

Amy Lapper and the sweet wrapper.

Amy Lapper and the sweet wrapper.

We love to inspire the next generation about the wonderful world of whales and dolphins and think it’s important to teach them about the threats which these animals face every day in our oceans.

Nov24

Welcome to the ORCA Team!

Welcome to the ORCA Team!

We’re delighted to welcome Eleanor Keppie to the team at ORCA HQ. 

Nov11

Expedia ban tickets to see captive cetaceans

Expedia ban tickets to see captive cetaceans

The travel company Expedia have made changes to their animal welfare policy and are no longer selling holidays that include tickets to attractions with captive whales and dolphins.

Oct26

Another amazing Whale Education Month!

Another amazing Whale Education Month!

During October, schools across the UK have been celebrating wonderful whales as part of Whale Education Month. 

Oct06

575 minke whales slaughtered by Norwegian whalers

Categories // Whale & Dolphin General News

575 minke whales slaughtered by Norwegian whalers

The deadliest year for minke whales since 2016 in Norway.  

Sep15

1,428 white-sided dolphins driven to their death

1,428 white-sided dolphins driven to their death

On Sunday 12th September 1,428 Atlantic white-sided dolphins were driven to their death by Faroese whale hunters in what is thought to be the largest hunt in the island's history.

Sep08

Beach clean on the Isles of Skye

Categories // Wildlife Officer Sightings

Beach clean on the Isles of Skye

CalMac passengers have been experiencing some great encounters with wildlife this month, from puffins to minke whales, and our luck with the weather has continued into August with only the odd day of rain and wind, very unusual for Scotland!

Aug11

Back in the Bay with the Great Whales

Categories // Wildlife Officer Sightings

Back in the Bay with the Great Whales

For the majority of ORCA volunteers and staff, the Bay of Biscay holds a very special place in our hearts.

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