New Wildlife Centre launches on board DFDS King Seaways

26th Mar 2015

- A new sightings board in the Wildlife Centre

The new Wildlife Centre on board DFDS King Seaways was officially opened yesterday in North Shields by wildlife cameraman Doug Allan.  ORCA Community Wildlife Officer Rachael Forster welcomed visitors to the new centre which includes life size artwork, sightings maps and mural by local artist Rory McCann.  Also among the variety of guests that attended were representatives from various marine institutions such as the National Trust, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, BDMLR and Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority, all supporting the Launch. Members from the West Harton Community Action Group, South Shields VLB (Volunteer Life Brigade), Dove Marine Lab also showed their presence adding to the fruitful mix of people collaborating with the charity. 

- The fantastic North Sea mural (seen on the left) by artist Rory McCann

Doug Allan also gave a talk on his experience filming at sea and in freezing conditions, to a captivated audience of students from Southridge First School. 


Interview with Doug Allan

The launch also means the start of the new Wildlife Officer season in the North Sea and North East Atlantic, meaning ORCA will be staffing the Wildlife Centre and be present on deck of the King Seaways, helping passengers spot wildlife and learn about whale and dolphin conservation efforts.  

Take a video tour of the new centre!

Video Tour

- A range of games and activities including snakes and ladders are also available to keep little ones busy!

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