Become a citizen scientist and help protect whales and dolphins

Become a citizen scientist

How you can help ORCA’s marine conservation work


Marine wildlife within reach on an ORCA Sea Safari

The Bay of Biscay is one of the top five places to see whales and dolphins, and it’s on our doorstep.

Our experienced guides will help you spot the magnificent creatures that inhabit these waters, such as fin whales, countless dolphins and elusive beaked whales.

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Some of the species that you may see on your Sea Safari

Common dolphin (Delphinus delphis)

Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus)

Cuvier's beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris)

Striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba)

Our work explained

ORCA believes that the best way to protect our whales and dolphins is by identifying areas where they’re vulnerable and to undertake long-term monitoring and study of these habitats.

By doing this, we can evidence adverse impact, and protect these environments by changing the way they are used. These impacts include shipping, fishing, noise pollution and marine litter.

The State of Cetaceans

Our annual State of Cetaceans report (SOC) is a respected and authoritative snapshot of whale and dolphin populations, compiled from tens of thousands of kilometres of survey effort collected by our volunteer Marine Mammal Surveyor workforce and in-house Ocean Conservationists. The global sea regions surveyed include the Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic and Southern Oceans and the Mediterranean Sea.

Our Work Threats to Cetaceans

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