ORCA announces wildlife voyage in the Azores with the Jubilee Sailing Trust
2nd Oct 2017
- Common dolphin photograph taken from the Lord Nelson by ORCA Wildlife Officer Anna in 2015
Two charities based in the South of England are embarking on a unique partnership to make marine wildlife watching and conservation a fully accessible activity open to all abilities.
The Jubilee Sailing Trust and ORCA have combined their respective expertise to design a programme of voyages that will allow mixed ability crews to observe and study whales and dolphins in their habitats and to understand the threats they face. What makes this partnership truly special is that sensory aids and modern technologies will be used so that everyone, including visually impaired voyagers, can experience the joy of listening to and studying the animals.
The mixed ability crew will be accompanied by wildlife experts from ORCA, who will help the crew observe and learn about the wildlife and capture data to feed into global efforts to help protect these amazing creatures and their habitats.
The first voyage in the programme will be on board STS Lord Nelson sailing amongst the diverse marine wildlife of the Azores in March 2018. ‘Nellie’, as the ship is affectionately known, is one of only two tall ships in the world that is custom built to allow people of all physical and sensory abilities to sail side by side with able-bodied people.
Location: Ponta Delgada, Azores (round trip)
Date: 8th March 2018
Duration: 11 days
The Azores makes for an ideal location for sailing, not just because of the wildlife spotting opportunities. The spectacular scenery of these tropical, mid-Atlantic islands will offer an escape to sunnier weather this winter.
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