British Divers Marine Life Rescue
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (photo: Steve Marsh)
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2012-09-17 16:36:36

BDMLR Orca Aware launched

BDMLR Orca Aware is a campaign dedicated to raising awareness about wild and captive killer whales found around the world.

Orca Aware is a new campaign sponsored by British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), providing up-to-date information and resources about everything orca. It is an information campaign which will act as a source-pool for scientific, educational and journalistic material reporting on killer whales found both in the wild and in captivity around the world.

As a UK-based campaign, Orca Aware particularly focuses on orca populations found around the British coastline and the conservation threats facing these orca. The campaign will also take an in-depth look at the history of the captive cetacean industry in Britain, why this may not yet be a thing of the past and how the captive cetacean industry currently affects and is still affected by UK inhabitants.

Orca Aware has been launched in order to make UK residents (the people, not the orca) aware that we do have killer whales around our coastline. Why is this important? Because it shows us just how close to home this amazing species really is. We should care about orca, we should learn about them and we should help address the conservation threats that they face.

BDMLR Orca Aware does not agree that orca or any other cetacean should be kept in captivity but aims to provide all information and resources in an unbiased, objective way.

“The British population comprises a large percentage of the millions of people who visit marine amusement parks around the world each year. We can't stop anyone from visiting these captive-display aquariums if that is what they so choose, but we can help them learn about orca so that they can make an informed decision about whether they want to fund and support this industry or not.” ~ Orca Aware team.

As well as daily updates with orca news and links, Orca Aware will be running a regular blog, articles and interviews, covering all aspects of the Orcinus orca species, including:

  • Natural history of orca populations found around the world
  • Anatomy & physiology
  • Behaviour, intelligence & culture
  • Conservation threats
  • Orca research and conservation
  • How individuals can get involved working with and for orca

And much, much more!

The Orca Aware website and blog can be found here and the Facebook page here.


Sam Lipman
BDMLR Orca Aware