Posted by: orcaweb | September 5, 2008

ORCA / DFDS Seaways Wildlife Officers seek new horizons in the North Sea

September sees the start of the second phase of a ground-breaking initiative to place wildlife education officers onboard DFDS ferries operating in the North Sea.

 

Working initially on the Newcastle – Bergen route between June and August, two wildlife officers, Beth Hazell and Grethe Hillersøy, have been offering a suite of exciting onboard activities aimed at raising awareness of the importance of our wild seas, including deck watches for wildlife, children’s activities and inspiring presentations.

 

Their amazing adventures have included encounters that have far exceeded everybody’s expectations when the project began, including leaping dolphins, majestic whales, soaring sea eagles, nocturnal rainbows, glaciers and even winged pirates!

 

From 4th September both wildlife officers will be transferring to the only ferry route that links the UK with Scandinavia, sailing between Harwich, Essex, and Esbjerg, Denmark. There is much to learn about the wildlife present on this route, but it is likely that they will encounter seals, harbour porpoises, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, and a plethora of migrating birds.

If you would like to join Beth or Grethe on a two night ORCA wildlife mini cruise break to Denmark during this September or October from just £84 per person, visit the DFDS Seaways website at: click here 

 

Additional notes

Whale and dolphin charity ORCA and international ferry operator DFDS Seaways have been working together for several years to study the wildlife of the North Sea through a series of monthly dedicated marine mammal surveys. June 2008 saw the start of a ground-breaking initiative to place wildlife education officers onboard DFDS ferries operating in the North Sea. Working initially on the Newcastle – Bergen route before transfering to the Harwich Esbjerg route from 4th September, both wildlife officers have been a huge hit with the general public.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about ORCA and its important work please contact:

Dylan Walker

Project Development Manager

ORCA – Organisation Cetacea

 

17 Embassy Court

Kings Road

Brighton

BN1 2PX

 

Tel: +44 (0)1273 739284

Mob: +44 (0)7900 471490

Email: dylan@orcaweb.org.uk

Web: http://www.orcaweb.org.uk

 

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