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

ORCA announces wildlife voyage in the Azores with the Jubilee Sailing Trust

2nd Oct 2017

Join us on the Lord Nelson tall ship in March 2018 for a spectacular trip around the Azores.

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ORCA Wildlife Officer sees array of marine wildlife from CalMac vessel during ORCA OceanWatch

31st Aug 2017

An ORCA Wildlife Officer's view of sailing around the Hebrides.

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>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 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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