We are delighted to welcome Kate Weston to ORCA HQ!
There's no better way to show someone the amazing world of whales and dolphins than to give them a first-hand view of these wonderful animals in the wild.
ORCA Ocean Conservationists have dedicated their lives to inspiring people to appreciate the diverse wildlife found in the world's oceans.
Working with our partners, we send expert conservationists out on ferries and cruise ships to give unforgettable wildlife experiences whilst collecting vital scientific data so we can safeguard these animals for future generations.
ORCA’s Ocean Conservationist programme continues to grow, with over 40 cruises planned for 2022 across four oceans and three ferry programmes in UK and European waters.
To help run our 2022 programme, ORCA have hired a brand new Ocean Conservationist Coordinator who will be the driving force behind our unique outreach and conservation programme delivered on board some of the world’s leading ferries and cruise ships in some of the richest waters around the globe.
Kate Weston joined ORCA HQ in January 2022 but has been working with the charity since 2018 as a Wildlife Officer in the Bay of Biscay.
Kate has a BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology and an MSc in Environmental Biology. Her love of the environment has taken her from West Wales to Australia, working on turtle and dolphin research/conservation projects.
After completing the Bay of Biscay Wildlife Officer season on board the Brittany Ferries Pont-Aven, Kate became a Cruise Conservationist, travelling to Spain, Portugal, the Canary Islands and Norway.
Most recently, Kate has been working on the Hurtigruten Coastal Expedition Service onboard MS Maud. During her time onboard, Kate was the resident marine mammal expert and, as part of the expedition team, she would help show guests whales and dolphins during sailings from Dover to the North Cape.
We hope you will all join us in welcoming Kate to the team and wish her the best of luck embarking on her new adventure in Portsmouth!