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

Breaching fin whale!

18th Apr 2017

Wildlife Officers and passengers sighted a breaching fin whale from the Brittany Ferries' Cap Finistere!

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Week two on board for ORCA Wildlife Officers!

13th Apr 2017

Mark Avery joins the Wildlife Officers on the Pont-Aven, the first pilot whales of the year seen from the Cap Finistere and choppy seas, but good bird sightings in the North Sea.

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Northern lights, sperm whales & more on the first Saga cruise of 2017

10th Apr 2017

The ORCA team on board the Northern Lights Adventure Saga cruise were treated to an array of wildlife and some spectacular northern lights displays

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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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