It has been a good start to the season here on the DFDS King Seaways. Myself and Richard had a good time tidying the ORCA Centre on board and getting everything ready for passengers to be able to come into the centre and learn about cetaceans and other marine wildlife. We have had a few extremely calm crossings, during which I spotted many harbour porpoises. I have yet to see any other cetacean species, but have been informed that a minke whale was spotted near Tynemouth on Friday, so if we’re lucky we might see it! There have also been numerous types of seabirds, including gannets, puffins, guillemots and fulmars, and even a few red throated divers off the coast of the Netherlands. One unfortunate thing is that I have noticed a lot of litter, mainly plastic items, floating around on the surface during deck watches. Myself and Richard are going to be putting together a big display in the ORCA Centre about threats to marine life, so watch this space for updates on how we’re getting on with it and the responses we get from passengers. It is such an important issue, that we feel we need to spread the word!
If you havn’t already done so, check out our website http://www.orcaweb.org.uk, and you can now find us on Twitter as ORCA_web, and also on Facebook (search for ORCA).
I will leave you with this great picture of a double rainbow off the bow of the King Seaways.
ORCA Wildlife Education Officer
DFDS King Seaways