News archive February 2018

News from the Wildlife Officer programme in the Hebrides

See what Andy has been up to during his first week on Oban!


Plastic issue reaches brand new depths

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


Common dolphins in Ireland stranding in increasing numbers

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


One month until our North Sea Wildlife Officer programme starts!

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


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


New report shows krill populations in Antarctic at risk

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


2018 Saga Cruise programme sets sail this Valentine’s Day!

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


ORCA Wildlife Officer - Hebrides: Our programme kicks off today!

The new Wildlife Officer programme, delivered in partnership with CalMac Ferries, is a landmark for ORCA and will open a whole new arena of opportunities for the charity


Ship strike in Panama Canal drops by 92% after new measures are implemented

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


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


Citizen scientists are the future!

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


The Duke of Cambridge gives a strong speech about the 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


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


ORCA announce new partnership with Noble Caledonia

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


New Scottish MPA funding confirmed in important habitats for cetaceans

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


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