Wightlink marks five years of supporting the whale and dolphin charity ORCA

Experts from ORCA* were on board Wightlink’s hybrid energy flagship Victoria of Wight last weekend scanning the Solent for signs of cetaceans (the collective name for whales, dolphins and porpoises).

Katie Rapson from ORCA Surveying the Solent

Katie Rapson from ORCA Surveying the Solent

It was the fifth year the ferry company welcomed volunteers from the whale and dolphin charity to its Portsmouth - Fishbourne route.

ORCA volunteers on board Victoria of Wight to survey the Solent with Captain Dave Booker L-R Emma Howe-Andrews, Jo Jaeckel, Captain Dave Booker and Katie Rapson

ORCA volunteers on board Victoria of Wight to survey the Solent with Captain Dave Booker L-R Emma Howe-Andrews, Jo Jaeckel, Captain Dave Booker and Katie Rapson

“We always enjoy taking part in ORCA’s surveys and value their work collecting data to help us understand more about whales and dolphins and their way of life,” says Wightlink Operations Director Daryl Palmer.

“In recent years, our colleagues have seen dolphins several times in the Solent, especially off the West Wight. We often spotted one swimming alongside our ferries sailing from Yarmouth to Lymington.”

“Wightlink has been supporting ORCA OceanWatch since the beginning and the crews crossing the Solent are enthusiastic and passionate about supporting our conservation work. We can’t wait to find out what new insights we can glean from ORCA OceanWatch 2019!” says ORCA’s Head of Education, Anna Bunney.

ORCA will be publicising updates on Twitter at @ORCA_web during the survey period using #ORCAOceanWatch

*Visit the Orca website here

Have you spotted any cetaceans in the Solent this year? Share your photos along with your story to info@solentskyservices.co.uk