ORCA's long-running citizen science courses will be offered online as well as face-to-face in 2020.
ORCA's Marine Mammal Surveyor courses, which train members of the public to be citizen scientists studying whales and dolphins, are the core of the charity's long running conservation programme.
As a result of high demand in the current challenging climate, ORCA have taken the decision to offer this course online for the very first time, allowing participants to learn everything they need to in order to play their part in protecting whales and dolphins.
ORCA Director Sally Hamilton said: "ORCA's mission is about giving everyone who cares about whales and dolphins an active role in safeguarding their future. This exciting new opportunity means we can reach even more people and help them to use their passion to help protect cetaceans around the world."
ORCA Marine Mammal Surveyors participate in ferry and cruise surveys in UK and European waters, working to use those ships as platforms of opportunity to identify important marine mammal hotspots.
Courses are open to anyone aged 16+, and surveyors must be 18+ to participate in a ferry survey, or 21+ to take part in a cruise. The first online training course will be taking place on Saturday 24th October 2020 and participants can find out more here.