ORCA launches The State of European Cetaceans 2017

5th Dec 2017

ORCA have today released the latest in their The State of European Cetaceans reports, with the 2017 edition including some fascinating insights into whales, dolphins and porpoises in UK & European waters.

The State of European Cetaceans is a series of reports based on ORCA’s citizen science, documenting the results of its survey findings, and drawing conclusions about what the results mean for whales, dolphins and porpoises in the wild. With significant and emerging threats continuing to adversely impact these animals and their habitats, ORCA's findings are crucial in providing evidence to conserve these animals in the future.

ORCA's second report in the series, ‘The State of European Cetaceans 2017’, builds on the work of the first edition by exploring new data alongside a more detailed analysis of specific habitats and species observations from across ORCA’s dataset.

The report adds data from ORCA’s 2016 surveys into its analysis, giving a richer picture of how population and distribution of European cetaceans might be changing. It also explores the key threats facing cetaceans in Europe, as well as conducting a detailed analysis of ORCA’s data on common dolphin in the Celtic Seas, Bay of Biscay and English Channel.

The State of European Cetaceans 2017 is the culmination of a huge amount of hard work and dedication from ORCA volunteers and supporters, and we want to thank everyone who have contributed to making it a reality.

To find out more and download the report, visit the SOEC page here.