ORCA offers people from diverse walks of life the chance to actively participate in whale and dolphin conservation.

Whether at sea or on dry land, we have developed a range of ways you can become directly involved in our work and help safeguard the future of whales and dolphins.

Start learning with ORCA

Start your citizen science journey with ORCA by participating in our Introduction to Whale and Dolphin Identification course. This course is a prerequisite for progressing on to become an ORCA OceanWatcher and/or Marine Mammal Surveyor, or can stand alone if you just want to learn more about wonderful ocean giants.

Introduction to ID course


Our OceanWatchers monitoring programme enables everyone to collect data and become part of our citizen science network via our smartphone app. Find out more by clicking the button below, download the app and start looking out for whales and dolphins.

OceanWatchers course


If you are involved in the shipping industry, and want your seafaring workforce to learn about the opportunities for them, as well as supporting our efforts to avoid ship strikes, then you can find out more here.

Seafarer training

Marine Mammal Surveyors

If you want to get onboard and become one of our volunteer Marine Mammal Surveyors, there’s more information here about our training courses. These one-day live online courses are interactive and will give you all of the skills you need to identify and record whales, dolphins and porpoises during offshore surveys.

Marine Mammal Surveyor course

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