This is actually my final blog with ORCA. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on board DFDS King Seaways, inspiring the younger generation to look out for whales and dolphins in the North Sea, as well as make changes to their daily lives to help save our marine environment.
This week ORCA were joined by Belsay First School from Morpeth, a lovely group of 13 students who have been involved with the Your Seas project here in the North East since 2014 and recently completed a shore watch at Souter lighthouse also. The students were keen to get out on deck, and loved looking through the waves for porpoises – however the sea state was simply too high to spot anything other than diving gannets!
Out on deck with Belsay First School, putting all the practice into action!
The Belsay girls, looking out for whales and dolphins – despite a high sea state
At the weekend, the third North Sea wildlife officer for 2016 season joined ORCA. William Matthews is with ORCA during the busiest cetacean period so best get spotting!
Bill Drinkald attended all 4 deck watches that passengers can get involved with during a mini crossing and out on deck on Sunday morning we saw some splashes on the horizon, which could of been potentially white beaked dolphins.
We have have many passengers in the centre, listening to our recent sightings information and finding out more about how to get involved with the charity ORCA.
Here we have Emmeline, looking at the minke whale that was spotted just off Flamborough head.
Emmeline is a keen swimmer and is going on holiday to Denmark. She was fascinated to learn that a dolphin’s blow hole is actually an aquatic nose! Hope you and your family are enjoying yourselves 🙂
Jessie and Rowan saving the animals from a lobster pot in the ORCA Wildlife Centre on deck 9.
My final mini cruise on board King Seaways brought about Harbour Porpoises! 13 of them in fact, and puffins also!
A puffin pair
From the opening of the new Wildlife Centre in 2015 to seeing many wonderful minke whale sightings, dolphins and porpoises to the 2016 marine litter porpoise – I have truly had a whale of a time.