ORCA News

May24

Keep ORCA in your inbox

Written by // Emily Condley Categories // Fundraising & Support

Keep ORCA in your inbox

We really want to tell you about the vital work we do for whales and dolphins! 

May23

ORCA harbour porpoise research exhibited at Marine Biological Association conference

Written by // James Robbins Categories // Survey & Sightings News

ORCA harbour porpoise research exhibited at Marine Biological Association conference

A new study has been showcased at a major postgraduate conference this week by a Masters student who has been working with ORCA in 2018.

May21

Fisheries closed in response to North Atlantic right whale sightings

Written by // Lucy Babey Categories // Whale & Dolphin General News

Fisheries closed in response to North Atlantic right whale sightings

Authorities have closed a number of fisheries in the North Atlantic in response to two critically endangered whales being sighted in the area.

May18

Excitement as new population of blue whales discovered in New Zealand

Written by // James Robbins Categories // Whale & Dolphin General News

Excitement as new population of blue whales discovered in New Zealand

Scientists have discovered a new population of blue whales between the North and South Islands of New Zealand, with findings suggesting the group are genetically distinct from others in the region.

May11

Surprise Sightings in the Bay of Biscay!

Written by // Anna Bunney Categories // Wildlife Officer Sightings

Surprise Sightings in the Bay of Biscay!

It’s been a busy first month for our Wildlife Officer’s on board Brittany Ferries Pont-Aven with the team seeing 1153 animals including the elusive Cuvier’s beaked whale and over 600 common dolphins.

May04

FACTFILE: Bryde's Whale

Written by // James Robbins Categories // Whale & Dolphin General News

FACTFILE: Bryde's Whale

Closely related to the fin, sei and minke whale, this elusive species is subject to a great deal of debate within the scientific community.

Apr30

Welcome to ORCA's brand new website!

Written by // Sally Hamilton Categories // Whale & Dolphin General News

Welcome to ORCA's brand new website!

After months of hard work, ORCA's brand new website has today gone live for our supporters and members to enjoy.

Apr17

First minke whale sighting of the season on KING Seaways

Written by // Anna Bunney Categories // Wildlife Officer Sightings

First minke whale sighting of the season on KING Seaways

Passengers and staff spotted the first whale of the season on the route from Newcastle to Ijmuiden this week.

May21

Throwback Thursday: Sea Safari 2017

Written by // Anna Bunney Categories // Sea Safari

Throwback Thursday: Sea Safari 2017

Saturday is exactly one month until the start of our 2018 Sea Safari season, so we take a look back at some of the highlights from last year to whet your appetite for our ever popular trips!

May21

Stranded New York humpback whale likely to have been involved in ship strike

Written by // Lucy Babey Categories // Whale & Dolphin General News

Stranded New York humpback whale likely to have been involved in ship strike

A 32 foot humpback whale found dead on Long Beach, New York, was likely to have been involved in a ship strike according to conservation experts in the area.

May18

Ocean Nomads: A look at unlikely visitors to our waters

Written by // James Robbins Categories // Whale & Dolphin General News

Ocean Nomads: A look at unlikely visitors to our waters

We've had some really unusual sightings in 2018, but why do some species end up in our area?

May14

New study highlights depth of plastic issue

Written by // Lucy Babey Categories // Whale & Dolphin General News

New study highlights depth of plastic issue

The scale of the threat posed by plastic to the marine environment has reached new depths, according to a new scientific study

May09

A sensational start to the season!

Written by // Anna Bunney Categories // Wildlife Officer Sightings

A sensational start to the season!

With 1466 animals sighted in just over one month, it’s been an incredible start for our Wildlife Officers on board Brittany Ferries Cap Finistere.

May02

A wonderful week for whales!

Written by // Anna Bunney Categories // Wildlife Officer Sightings

A wonderful week for whales!

Another exciting week at sea for our army of ORCA Wildlife Officers, with a frenzy of cetacean sightings across the North Sea, Bay of Biscay and Hebrides.

Apr30

North Sea killer whale sighting a landmark for ORCA

Written by // Lucy Babey Categories // Survey & Sightings News

North Sea killer whale sighting a landmark for ORCA

ORCA surveyors aboard DFDS KING Seaways had a rare treat with a sighting of a killer whale during this weekend's survey

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