Our work

ORCA helping to protect whales & dolphins

Did you know that the waters of UK and Europe are home to over a third of the whale, dolphin and porpoise species worldwide?

The State of European Cetaceans

The State of European Cetaceans is ORCA's report series, documenting the results of its survey findings, and more importantly, drawing conclusions about what the results mean for whales, dolphins and porpoises in the wild.

Monitoring & Protecting our Oceans

At the heart of ORCA’s work is the monitoring and protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises. It is critical that we learn more about our whales and dolphins in order to understand their way of life, where they breed, feed and travel.

Saving Large Whales From Ship Strike

ORCA is working to prevent one of the main threats to large whales – the risk of being hit by ships. Unfortunately, large whales are hit and killed by ships in the Bay of Biscay, in the North East Atlantic.

Inspiring & Educating People

ORCA aims to inspire as many people as possible about the importance of whales and dolphins. We help spearhead public marine education particularly in local communities.

Threats To Cetaceans

A summary of the main threats that face cetaceans in the marine environment. These include Pollution (plastic), Bycatch, Ship Strikes, Whaling and Climate Change.

ORCA OceanWatch

ORCA OceanWatch is an exciting initiative aimed at involving seafarers in the collection of data on whales, dolphins and porpoises (collectively known as cetaceans) that they encounter whilst out to sea.

ORCA’s Whale Education Month

In October each year, hundreds of schools and thousands of students take part in ORCA’s Whale Education Month month. This is an annual event with different topics each year. Although we encourage schools to deliver the materials in October, teachers can use the materials all year to inspire students about wonderful whales and dolphins.

New for 2018 - Marine Litter

As part of our Fin-tastic Fun in Schools ORCA has produced a new series for 2018 on Marine Litter. This fun and interactive pack will help children understand this issue.