Wildlife Officer Programme

ORCA works closely with our partners, Brittany Ferries and DFDS Seaways to put knowledgeable, friendly guides onto crossings over the North Atlantic and North Sea. They engage passengers, helping them to spot wildlife from the ship and giving fascinating talks about the whales and dolphins that can be seen on the routes. They are on board from March until September, so if you’re making a crossing on one of the routes, or just fancy an easy, cost effective whale watching trip, find out how you can meet our wildlife officers on board

North East Atlantic

- L-R Ruth Coxon, Lucy McLeod, Yolanda Aze, Harriet Cole, Ewelina Heil and Jon Taylor

ORCA puts Wildlife Officers on board the Brittany Ferries’ Cap Finistère and Pont-Aven which cross the Bay of Biscay between Santander, Portsmouth and Bilbao. The Bay of Biscay is home to several species of whales and dolphins, including the mighty fin whale, the second largest animal ever to have lived as well as the mysterious beaked whales. The underwater environment of the bay provides a range of habitats and feeding conditions making it an ideal home for over 20 species of whales and dolphins.

Cap Finistere blog

Pont-Aven blog

Hear about the Wildlife Officers from passengers:

 "I heard the lecture from both girls on the way to and from Santander. An excellent presentation by both. I spent about 2 hours chatting to Lucy as we 'whale watched' and her enthusiasm was infectious.  I could see Chantelle was equally so with other passengers.  Please pass on my appreciation and commend them on their professionalism and great work they are undertaking."

- Chris Hood

North Sea

We work with DFDS Seaways to put Wildlife Officers on the King Seaways between Newcastle and Amsterdam every year. The North Sea is a unique habitat that is full of life, including marine mammals, birds, fish as well as a great diversity of invertebrates. Our Wildlife Officers give daily talks about the wildlife that can be seen and run our on-board Wildlife Centre, which is packed full of information about the North Sea and marine conservation. If you fancy spotting some minke whales, white-beaked dolphins or some harbour porpoises, this is the place for you.

- L-R Kerry Heseltine and Rachael Forster 

DFDS King Seaways blog

How to get involved

Come and meet our Wildlife Officers on board the Brittany Ferries’ Cap Finistère and the DFDS King Seaways. For details of when our officers will be on board and how you can meet them, contact us.