About Us

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Founded in 2001, ORCA is a marine conservation charity that is entirely dedicated to the long- term study and protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises and their habitats in oceans worldwide. Our vision is to keep oceans alive with whales and dolphins. ORCA’s mission is to give everyone who cares about whale and dolphin conservation an active role in safeguarding their future.

There are over 90 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises, collectively known as cetaceans. Many of these species are not adequately protected by international conventions and their populations are being impacted by overfishing, marine pollution, destruction of their habitats and climate change.

We work to identify and protect critical whale and dolphin habitats in our oceans, through the active and passionate support of over 1000 dedicated volunteers along with our in-house ocean conservationist teams. Through the partnerships we’ve built with ferry, cruise and freight companies, we have created unique platforms of opportunity for a true citizen-science programme by using their vessels as seagoing observation stations.

ORCA is passionate about people - in fact, our work is as much about people as it is about whales and dolphins. What makes ORCA unique is our dedication to combining accessible marine education with our conservation activities, allowing us to give everyone opportunities to take an active role in marine science and conservation.

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