Species & Sightings

Did you know that the waters of UK and Europe are home to over a third of the whale, dolphin and porpoise species worldwide?
We regularly see several of these species from our survey routes and have provided factsheets about the species we most commonly see.


Sightings Map

Sightings Map


Over 25 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises have been recorded in UK waters. ORCA are helping to raise awareness of the “forgotton whales and dolphins” within the North East Atlantic. 

This is a map of all cetacean (whale, dolphin and porpoise) sightings recorded between 2006-2015 on all ferry and cruise routes.

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Latest Survey News

>800 animals seen by Wildlife Officers on P&O Ventura

14th Aug 2017

P&O Cruises Ventura took part along with 5 other ships in this years ORCA OceanWatch, read what got seen on their cruise to the Canaries

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ORCA OceanWatch: A fantastic start!

31st Jul 2017

Orcas, sperm whales, Atlantic spotted dolphins, minke whales and basking sharks already seen and recorded over the weekend for ORCA OceanWatch.

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6,775 animals sighted by our Pont Aven Wildlife Officers in 2017

10th Jul 2017

12 species of marine wildlife, including 9 cetacean species seen by our Pont Aven Wildlife Officers this year. Read more here

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ORCA Surveys

Keep up to date with the latest ORCA news on sightings and check out our map of whale and dolphin sightings collected by ORCA.

Sightings are collected by a team of dedicated volunteer ORCA surveyors on board various ferry and cruise routes.

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