ORCA OceanWatch

- Education Coordinator Anna Bunney trains Captain Allan Scott and First Officer Robert Manson from NorthLink Ferries in Scotland

ORCA OceanWatch

ORCA OceanWatch is an exciting initiative aimed at involving seafarers in the collection of data on whales, dolphins and porpoises (collectively known as cetaceans) that they encounter whilst out to sea.

The event aims to raise the profile of British and European cetaceans while collecting a large amount of data over a concentrated nine-day period. During this time, seafarers will be recording their sightings, whilst ORCA Marine Mammal Surveyors and Wildlife Officers will be out in force to survey as much of our seas as possible.The data will also contribute to the National Whale and Dolphin Watch in collaboration with Sea Watch Foundation. 

If you would like your vessels to be involved in ORCA OceanWatch, please contact Anna Bunney on anna.bunney@orcaweb.org.uk.  Full training for bridge crews are delivered by the ORCA team, and each ship is given a comprehensive training pack.  

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ORCA OceanWatch 2017


- ORCA OceanWatch 2017 Infographic

Read the ORCA OceanWatch 2017 Report

- Education Coordinator Anna Bunney training the crew of the Caledonian MacBrayne Loch Seaforth

Thank you to the following partners for taking part in ORCA OceanWatch 2017:

- The rarely sighted Sowerby's beaked whale sighted during ORCA OceanWatch 2016 in the Bay of Biscay


ORCA OceanWatch 2016

ORCA OceanWatch 2015

ORCA OceanWatch Partners

We would like to extend our thanks to the following companies, who are taking part in ORCA OceanWatch: Brittany Ferries, Caledonian MacBrayne, Carnival UK (Cunard & P&O Ferries), DFDS Seaways, Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, Isles of Scilly Travel, John O'Groats Ferries, NorthLink Ferries, P&O Ferries, Red Funnel, Royal Navy, Saga, Silversea and WightLink.

ORCA would also like to thank Portsmouth International Port, Discover Ferries and The Chamber of Shipping for their support and involvement in the ORCA OceanWatch project.


ORCA OceanWatch was launched through the Your Seas - People & Port project, which was generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund