Fred Olsen reports record dolphin sightings through partnership with charity Orca
By Katie McGonagle | 25 Jan 2023
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines reported more than 4,400 wildlife sightings on sailings in 2022, recorded by marine wildlife charity Orca
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines has reported a record number of dolphin sightings and other wildlife encounters over the past year, as part of its Cruise Conservationist programme with marine life charity Orca.
The common dolphin was sighted 296 times, with a total of 1,996 individual animals spotted from deck or on excursions.
Other sightings recorded were of humpback whales, minkes, fin whales, orcas, seals, a blue whale and the rarely spotted Cuvier’s beaked whale, which can go as deep as 3,000 metres and is only occasionally seen near the surface.
Journey experience co-ordinator James Moss, said: “Spotting native wildlife is something that makes a holiday truly special, and we have a unique opportunity as a cruise line to be able to offer guests the chance to have this experience directly from the deck as they sail between destinations.
“It has been a real privilege to work with Orca this year, with their team of ocean conservationists helping our guests not only to spot marine mammals, but also to learn more about the wildlife they spot and to play a part in capturing important data too.
“We’re looking forward to another successful year working together in 2023.”
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Fred Olsen has been working with Orca since 2019, hosting marine wildlife experts on board to help guests with wildlife spotting and to run lectures and activities about marine conservation.
Conservation experts recorded each wildlife sighting, tracking the species, number of animals and their exact location over the course of a year.
Steve Jones, director of fundraising and operations at Orca, said: “These sightings show the absolutely phenomenal range of habitats that our ocean conservationists can study aboard Fred Olsen itineraries, monitoring areas that it would be otherwise impossible to reach.
“The data we’ve collected in 2022 will help give us important insights into the lives of these whales, dolphins and porpoises, and we can understand better than ever the protections they need to safeguard them for future generations.
“A huge thank you to everyone at Fred Olsen for welcoming our teams on board, and also to the thousands of guests who lent us their eyes during our time at sea in 2022.
“I’m sure we will see many of you in 2023 and beyond.”