Species sightings

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.

Latest species sightings

This is a map of all cetacean (whale, dolphin and porpoise) sightings recorded in the North East Atlantic by our ORCA Marine Mammal surveyors over the last decade. Our volunteer teams operate on board ferries and cruise ships surveying across many routes. The map is interactive so please feel free to have a play.
  • Zoom in by using the scroll on your mouse or using the + and - buttons on the map.
  • Click and drag the map to move it around and see different areas.
  • The arrow on the top left of the map will bring out a legend for you.
  • Click on each icon on the map to find out the date, time, latitude, longitude, route, vessel, species, and group size seen for that species at that point.