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ORCA  ORCA works to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises in and around UK and European waters.


Hop on board the @dfdsuk King Seaways and join our Wildlife Officers in the on board Wildlife Centre! When out on deck, you might even be lucky enough to spot an elusive harbour porpoise - this individual was sighted earlier this month! White-beaked dolphins & minke whales are also sighted regularly during the summer months!
#NorthSea #whale #porpoise #dolphins #ferry #ship #conservation #wildlife #wildlifephotography

A truly magnificent sight seen today from the @brittanyferries Cap Finistere vessel! A breaching fin whale, the second largest whale on the planet!

Wildlife Officer Hazel: "[the whale] breached out of the water close to the ship - a truly wonderful spectacle to behold! Lots of passengers were out on deck with us to witness this incredible animal's behaviour, including a budding young marine biologist who had never seen a dolphin before, let alone a whale!
We saw lots of dolphins too, leaving her and the other passengers with huge smiles on their faces as they left the ship. Hopefully they have been inspired to care about these magnificent cetaceans and their conservation!" #whale #conservation #marine #wildlife #wildlifephotography #jump

Hurrah! It's the start of our 2017 Wildlife Officer season in the Bay of Biscay with @brittanyferries During the training week we sighted these magnificent acrobatic striped dolphins! Keep up to date with sightings and on board life in the blog: Brittanywildlifeofficer.wordpress.com

Fantastic day on board with @dfdsuk, celebrating 10 years of our Wildlife Officer programme & working together. A great relationship between a charity & a business. We celebrated on board the King Seaways with Michaela Strachan. All disembarked feeling inspired & enthused about North Sea wildlife 🐋

Using ferries & cruise ships as our platforms for wildlife watching & recording is our speciality! Have you read our State of European Cetaceans report yet?

Our Head of Science and Conservation was on #bbcbreakfast Sunday morning talking about the tragic strandings of #pilot #whales in #NewZealand

Applications are now open for our 4 week long residential at-sea Wildlife Officer Placements. A fantastic opportunity to gain valuable marine mammal conservation & public engagement experience. See the website for more information.
#marinemammal #workexperience #whales #dolphins #placement #atsea #wildlife

Today, ORCA launches its first 'State of European Cetaceans' report, which is the culmination of 10 years' worth of sightings and environmental data collected during 376 ORCA surveys conducted between 2006-2015 using vessels of opportunity (namely ferries and cruise ships). #SOEC #cetaceans
Visit our website for more information.

A big thank you to ORCA friend, Lawrence Sherrington, for his incredible breaching humpback whale photo, used on the back cover of our most recent membership magazine, FlukePrints – Autumn 2016.
He said: “We were very lucky – [the whale] suddenly appeared off the starboard in quite rough seas as we were travelling south and started jumping about just to entertain us!” Baja Peninsula, California in March 2016

#whale #conservation #wildlifephotography

Guess who?!
This beautiful head-on shot of a humpback whale was taken by Andy Gilbert, one of our Marine Mammal Surveyors on a @sagaholidaysuk cruise to Iceland this year.
Those lumps you can see on its rostrum are actually hair follicles, and they can be as large as a golf ball!
#whale #conservation #wildlifephotography

Common #dolphins in the Bay of Biscay, summer 2016

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