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

2017 Survey Roundup!

15th Dec 2017

We have finished collating all the data from our 2017 surveys and what an amazing year it has been!

Read More on 2017 Survey Roundup!

North Atlantic right whale - extinct within 20 years?

11th Nov 2017

Experts predict that there may be none of the whales left by the year 2037.

Read More on North Atlantic right whale - extinct within 20 years?

Saga cruises for 2018 now open for application

10th Nov 2017

Cruise applications now open for our experienced Marine Mammal Surveyors!

Read More on Saga cruises for 2018 now open for application

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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