ORCA News

Feb22

Plastic issue reaches brand new depths

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Plastic issue reaches brand new depths

Report finds that almost three quarters of deep sea fish have plastic particles in their bodies, highlighting the pervasiveness of the plastic issue.

Feb20

North Sea Wildlife Officer starts in one month

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North Sea Wildlife Officer starts in one month

Now entering it's twelfth year, ORCA's partnership with DFDS will continue to engage thousands of passengers aboard KING Seaways crossing from Newcastle to Ijmuiden.

Feb15

Report shows krill populations to be at risk

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Report shows krill populations to be at risk

Small crustaceans are a critical part of the ocean ecosystem and provide food for creatures of all sizes, from whales to penguins.

Feb09

Ship strike in Panama Canal drops

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Ship strike in Panama Canal drops

A traffic separation scheme and 10 knot speed restriction has seen a huge drop in the number of strikes since December 2014, showing positive signs for the future.

Feb07

Citizen scientists are the future!

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Citizen scientists are the future!

The work of citizen scientists, continues to be a crucial role in helping to understand the environment around us.

Feb05

Marine mammals under threat from micro plastics

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Marine mammals under threat from micro plastics

A new study has suggested that the risk from micro plastics to marine mammals is increasing and could even lead to extinction.

Feb01

New Scottish MPA funding confirmed

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New Scottish MPA funding confirmed

The areas covered will contribute towards the protection of species such as minke whales and Risso's dolphins, and will be supported by ORCA's new Hebridean survey programme.

Jan31

Talking killer whale can mimic human sound

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Talking killer whale can mimic human sound

Research released today shows that an orca in a marine park in the French Riviera can be taught to say simple human words.

Feb21

Common dolphins strandings in Ireland

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Common dolphins strandings in Ireland

Findings from the Irish Whale & Dolphin Group suggests increase of 350% in common dolphin strandings, a key fact in a rise in the total number of cetacean strandings.

Feb16

ORCA Photo Competition 2018 launches

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ORCA Photo Competition 2018 launches

With sponsorship from Jessops Academy & Silversea Cruises, the 2018 edition is being judged by legendary wildlife photographer & ORCA patron Mark Carwardine.

Feb14

2018 Saga Cruise programme sets sail!

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2018 Saga Cruise programme sets sail!

Bright Lights in Norway cruise aboard the Saga Pearl II leaves from Portsmouth today with our first ORCA team of the year on board.

Feb08

Research with a porpoise

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Research with a porpoise

Building on our track record of working with leading UK universities, we chat to Kimberly Neilsen about an MSc project she is completing using ORCA data.

Feb06

Duke of Cambridge gives speech on illegal wildlife trade

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Duke of Cambridge gives speech on illegal wildlife trade

Yesterday evening Prince William gave a keynote speech at the UK Chamber of Shipping Annual Dinner, outlining the shipping industry’s role in arresting the illegal wildlife trade.

Feb02

New partnership with Noble Caledonia

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New partnership with Noble Caledonia

The charity will be participating in the small cruise ship specialist's new citizen science programme in 2018.

Feb01

Surge of plastic action brings hope of tipping point

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Surge of plastic action brings hope of tipping point

A raft of retailers and other businesses have announced action on limiting plastic waste, including some of ORCA's partners.

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