News archive January 2018

Talking killer whale in France 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.


Enter our caption competition to win an Adoption Tin!

Entries are open until 5pm on Friday 2nd February and the best two entries will be sent one of our fab adoption tins, generously donated by Gift Republic


Looking back at our Ship Strike project

In a week when many UK companies have made announcements to help protect the marine environment, we revisit an innovative project that ORCA & Brittany Ferries partnered on in 2017


Action taken against shipping companies in Gulf of St Lawrence

The area has had speed restrictions placed on it to protect the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, with fourteen ships slapped with fines


New Zealand fisherman and conservationists clash over bycatch

Battles line drawn in argument over use of video footage of marine life accidentally killed by Kiwi fishing industry


Survey applications open for ORCA’s biggest year yet!

This year will see more surveys, more partners, and more conservation projects than ever before


ORCA are delighted to welcome a new Supporter Development Officer to the team!

Emily Condley joins the ORCA team from Salisbury Playhouse


Four weeks to go until our 2018 survey season begins!

Kicking off with the Saga Bright Lights of Norway cruise, 2018 is the biggest survey programme ever and promises to be a special year for ORCA


Looking back at a tragic year for cetacean strandings

With the recent white-beaked dolphin stranding near ORCA HQ, we look back at 2017 and the worrying number of animals found stranded during the year


Post mortem investigation on stranded white-beaked dolphin released

Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP) publish results from dolphin stranded on Isle of Wight in early January


Prime Minister to release details of long awaited 25 year plan for the environment

The announcement marks Theresa May's first major speech on environment issues and comes the day after the UK microbeads ban came into effect


Plastic bag charge set to be extended

Government expected to announce all retailers will be required to charge for single-use plastic bags later this week


ORCA announce brand new partnership with Silversea

ORCA conservationists will travel on board select Silversea voyages to guide guests in collecting wildlife sightings data


Applications for our 2018 Wildlife Officer Placements now open!

Get out to sea in 2018 and take part in our fantastic Wildlife Officer Placements


Happy New Year!

The ORCA team are back and raring to go to make 2018 the biggest yet!