ORCA News

Jun07

Harbour porpoise protections at risk

Categories // Wildlife Officer Sightings

Harbour porpoise protections at risk

Vital protected areas for harbour porpoises around the UK have still not been designated and may now be nullified if not agreed before Brexit.

May31

333 minke whales killed in Japanese field survey

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

333 minke whales killed in Japanese field survey

A report sent to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) has revealed that Japanese ‘scientists’ caught and killed a total of 333 minke whales in just 12 weeks during their Antarctic Summer field survey.

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! 

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

Fisheries closed in response to sightings

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

Fisheries closed in response to sightings

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

May18

New population of blue whales discovered!

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

New population of blue whales discovered!

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.

Jun01

Maddy Couch #1000rescue project

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

Maddy Couch #1000rescue project

We are delighted to have UK artist Maddy Couch supporting ORCA as part of her #1000rescue project.

May29

Survey for endangered finless porpoise

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

Survey for endangered finless porpoise

An institute in China has begun a survey to collect vital data on the endangered finless porpoise.

May23

ORCA harbour porpoise research exhibited

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

ORCA harbour porpoise research exhibited

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

Whale likely to have been involved in ship strike

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

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: Unlikely visitors to our waters

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

Ocean Nomads: 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.

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