Final day of ORCA OceanWatch 2017

6th Aug 2017

ORCA OceanWatch ends today after more than a week of incredible dedication from bridge crews across the UK cruise and ferry network.

The flagship conservation programme is in it's third year, with 14 companies and dozens of vessels taking part. In total, over 175 bridge crew have been trained to spot whales, dolphins and porpoises during their voyages.

The data is then collated and used by ORCA to create an invaluable snap shot of the distribution of different cetaceans species across UK & European waters.

Even at this early stage, we have already had reports of some phenomenal sightings, including:

- Killer whales sighted by the crew and passengers of the John O'Groats Ferry

- Hundreds of Atlantic spotted dolphins sighted by the ORCA team on board the P&O Cruises Ventura in the Canary Islands

- Seven different species spotted on the Brittany Ferries Pont-Aven on their voyage to Santander, including pilot whales, sperm whales and Cuviers beaked whales

- Common dolphins, harbour porpoises, minke whales and orcas spotted by Northlink crews around Shetland & Orkney

- Minke whales spotted in the North Sea on board the DFDS King Seaways

- Dozens of dolphins, porpoises and sunfish seen around the Isles of Scilly on board Isle of Scilly Steamship Group's Scillonian III.

Sightings and data will continue to come in over the coming weeks and months, and later in the year ORCA will be producing our ORCA OceanWatch 2017 report to show the final findings.

To keep track of ORCA OceanWatch 2017, use the hashtag #ORCAOceanWatch or visit our dedicated page here.

From the entire team at ORCA we want to say a huge thank you to the crews, companies and volunteers who have supported ORCA OceanWatch 2017!