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 Ferry Surveys NOW LIVE!

15th Feb 2017

2017 ferry survey dates are now live on the Surveyors Network

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Sea Safari Success in 2016

9th Jan 2017

Sea Safari guests were treated to over 4500 cetaceans in 2016, including a blue whale!

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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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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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