Blue whales and killer whales seen in UK waters this year
Written by The Cormorant Hotel
A record number of 14 different species of whales and dolphins were spotted overall from ferries and cruise ships. ORCA OceanWatch, a nine-day period of recording marine wildlife in July, saw a total of 2,526 individual whales, dolphins and porpoise, including killer whales.
The conservation project, organised by the UK charity ORCA, which is dedicated to protecting cetaceans, is an initiative involving seafarers in collecting data on whales and other sea life they may encounter at sea.
Experts have said the efforts of seafarers plays an important role in raising awareness about the various wildlife that can be found in the UK, and European waters.
ORCA volunteer marine mammal surveyors collected vital information on marine wildlife found in local waters while sailing offshore for a certain period of time. Findings from the project provided the charity with a "comprehensive snapshot" of the whales, dolphins and porpoise in the UK waters.
Some of the species seen included pilot whales, common dolphins, Sowerby's beaked whales, harbour porpoises, blue whales and killer whales. The ferries and shipping companies which took part involved Isles of Scilly Travel, Red Funnel, Swan Hellenic, Brittany Ferries.
Director of ORCA Sally Hamilton said about the project: "OceanWatch 2016 was a great success, with more vessels and partners involved than last year, building an even better picture of marine life in our oceans. Fourteen species of whales, dolphins and porpoises, collectively known as cetaceans, were sighted in six European sea regions, which is an outstanding result.
"Having the support of a variety of different ferry and cruise ship companies is vital so we can get an accurate snapshot of marine wildlife in our oceans as possible."
If you take a boat trip when staying at our boutique hotel in Cornwall, be sure to keep an eye out for any marine wildlife!
Photo by: Robert Pitman