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 projects are helping to raise awareness of the “forgotton whales and dolphins” both in the North Sea and the North East Atlantic. 

This is a map of sightings recorded between Heysham and Douglas on the Isle of Man between July and September 2015.

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Latest Survey News

Over 1500 animals sighted on the Saga Mediterranean Treasures cruise

22nd Nov 2016

ORCA survey team & passengers enjoyed watching numerous cetaceans on the Saga cruise to the Mediterranean in September

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Fabulous cetaceans on ORCA’s first cruise the Cape Verdes

16th Nov 2016

Read all about the first ORCA cruise to the Cape Verde on board the Saga Pearl II in October 2016

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Amazing humpback whale sightings on the Saga Ice, Fire & Fjords cruise

2nd Nov 2016

Read the wonderful wildlife report from the Saga cruise to Iceland this summer

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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 DFDS Seaways routes and SAGA cruises.

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