ORCA News

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.

Jul27

Can Tokyo 2020 be the ‘greenest games ever’ whilst Japan continues to kill whales?

Can Tokyo 2020 be the ‘greenest games ever’ whilst Japan continues to kill whales?

Following their exit from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in 2019, Japan continues whaling within its own coastal waters and Exclusive Economic Zone. 

Jul13

Celebrating World Oceans Day with Barclays

Celebrating World Oceans Day with Barclays

World Oceans Day is celebrated on the 8th June each year, and this year, ORCA were excited to work with the Barclays Code Playground team to raise awareness of the conservation of whales, dolphins and porpoises. 

Jun29

Oban to Barra and the Shiants

Categories // Wildlife Officer Sightings

Oban to Barra and the Shiants

Check out the latest news from Jess, our Hebrides Wildlife Officer! 

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.

Aug03

Sunshine, sightings and minke whales!

Categories // Wildlife Officer Sightings

Sunshine, sightings and minke whales!

As the temperatures soared in Scotland during July this year, so too have the whale and dolphin sightings on board CalMac Ferries!

Jul21

Cruising Coastal Landscapes of the West on the Saga Discovery

Cruising Coastal Landscapes of the West on the Saga Discovery

ORCA Marine Mammal Surveyors recorded 123 cetaceans as they sailed along the south coast of the UK on the ‘Coastal Landscapes of the West’ cruise on board the Saga Spirit of Discovery.

Jul06

We’re back out to sea!

We’re back out to sea!

An update about our work at sea in 2021! 

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