At the heart of ORCA’s work is the monitoring and protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises.
We are currently collecting information on whales, dolphins and porpoises from ferry and cruise surveys in nine main areas; English Channel, Celtic Seas, Irish Sea, Minches and West Scotland, Bay of Biscay and Iberian Coast, North Sea, Arctic Waters, Wider Atlantic, and the Mediterranean.
Trained volunteers travel on ferries and cruise ships, collecting sightings of marine mammals using our scientific protocol.
ORCA is currently working at the forefront of European Cetacean Monitoring Coalition (ECMC), which aims to create a single source of sightings in European waters. It is a coalition of not for profit organisations across various European countries, all working to improve the long term prospects of Europe’s diverse species of whale, dolphin and porpoise.
ECMC achievements have so far included: