ORCA News

May06

What is blubber?

Categories // Wildlife Officer Sightings

What is blubber?

Most people are familiar with this term, it refers to a layer of fat that is unique to marine mammals that enables them to survive in cold water! Find out more in our latest Wildlife Officer blog. 

Apr21

Sei whale in the Firth of Forth

Categories // Whale & Dolphin General News

Sei whale in the Firth of Forth

Incredible footage of a Sei whale swimming in the Firth of Forth has been captured by onlookers who enjoyed watching the ocean giant from as close as 20 meters!

Mar24

Cruise Conservationists to join Fred.Olsen scenic summer sailings

Categories // Survey & Sightings News

Cruise Conservationists to join Fred.Olsen scenic summer sailings

We’re excited to announce that ORCA Cruise Conservationists will be joining Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines for their inaugural ‘no port’ scenic sailings this summer.

Mar11

The 2021 Hebrides Wildlife Officer season begins!

Categories // Wildlife Officer Sightings

The 2021 Hebrides Wildlife Officer season begins!

March marks the start of the ORCA Wildlife Officer season and, although the 2021 season will look a little different, we are excited to welcome and introduce you to Jess Owen who is joining ORCA as the Hebrides Wildlife Officer. 

Feb24

New Southern Resident killer whale calf spotted!

Categories // Whale & Dolphin General News

New Southern Resident killer whale calf spotted!

Last week the Centre for Whale Research, in Washington State USA, confirmed that a calf had been born to the L pod family of Southern Resident killer whales.

Feb10

Celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Categories // ORCA Events

Celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Every year on February 11th, the critical role women and girls play in science and technology is recognised by ‘International Day of Women and Girls in Science’. So we wanted to celebrate our amazing female staff and volunteers.

Jan27

Phenomenal feedback from online Marine Mammal Surveyor Courses!

Categories // ORCA Events

Phenomenal feedback from online Marine Mammal Surveyor Courses!

Last year ORCA transformed the ever popular Marine Mammal Surveyor Course to an online format!

Apr28

Exceptional sighting of a gray whale in Italy

Categories // Whale & Dolphin General News

Exceptional sighting of a gray whale in Italy

During the weekend of 17th April, a young gray whale was spotted in the Gulf of Naples, three days after another sighting in the waters off the island of Ponza.

Apr14

Guidance for watching wildlife this summer

Guidance for watching wildlife this summer

As lockdown eases and the summer approaches, whales, dolphins, porpoises and other marine mammals are at risk of disturbance as people head to the coast and out to sea.

Mar31

Walrus sighting on the Welsh coast

Categories // Whale & Dolphin General News

Walrus sighting on the Welsh coast

A juvenile Atlantic walrus was recently spotted off the Pembrokeshire coast and has since become a celebrity, with some suggesting it should be nicknamed ‘Wally’.

Mar18

Norway set 2021 whaling quota

Norway set 2021 whaling quota

On Friday the 19th February 2021, Norway’s Minister of Fisheries and Seafood announced that an annual kill quota for the 2021 whaling season had been issued. 

Mar04

The Recovery of Nature

Categories // Whale & Dolphin General News

The Recovery of Nature

Urgent action is needed from the Government to protect our nature! 

Feb18

Help stop UK cetaceans dying in nets

Categories // Whale & Dolphin General News

Help stop UK cetaceans dying in nets

Today (Thursday 18th February 2021) Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) are launching the #GoodbyeBycatch campaign, which is calling for an end to the bycatch of whales, dolphins and porpoises in UK seas.

Feb03

New species of whale identified in the Gulf of Mexico

Categories // Whale & Dolphin General News

New species of whale identified in the Gulf of Mexico

A critically endangered species of whale has been identified in the Gulf of Mexico by researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 

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