The recent “Blue Planet 2” documentaries highlighted the need to tackle the mounting plastic waste in our oceans, and is a priority issue for Portsmouth based wildlife charity ORCA, whose recent Ocean Watch survey sighted whales, dolphins, porpoises and other creatures from ships sailing from Portsmouth.
Although data was collated from ships that sailed from a variety of UK and European ports, it was routes through the Bay of Biscay that delivered the most sightings. 12 species of cetaceans (the group name given to whales, dolphins and porpoises) were sighted, many from the decks of Brittany Ferries vessels that were coming and going from Portsmouth International Port. The results reinforce the claim that the Bay of Biscay is one of the most important habitats in the world for these wonderful marine mammals.
ORCA Wildlife Officers will once again take up residence on ferries leaving Portsmouth International Port from March to September in 2018. They help passengers spot whales and dolphins, as well has educate them about the need to protect the environment. ORCA and Brittany Ferries have announced a number of “Sea Safaris” this year, with whale and dolphin watching mini cruises across the Bay of Biscay becoming an increasingly popular holiday choice from Portsmouth International Port.