We are pleased to announce that organisation of this year’s Orca Watch event is well underway. This year we will be in John O’Groats from 27th May-3rd June, all eyes on the sea to spot cetaceans! Building on the success of last year’s event, our new project managers, Harry Clark and Christy Judd, supported by Juliet Maxted, are currently developing a plan for the event. They are now calling for volunteer observers to sign-up for an opportunity to join our official observer teams this year. There is an opportunity to either apply to become an Experienced Watcher or an Official Observer. Found out the details and answers to frequently asked questions here.
First, get to know the 2023 Orca Watch team below!
Hello, I’m Harry Clark and I am one of the new 2023 Orca Watch Project Managers! I have an MSc in Marine Vertebrate Ecology and Conservation from the University of Exeter and have extensive research studying marine mammals in numerous projects around Europe. I was a volunteer during Orca Watch 2022 – I even saw my very first orca! I loved the experience so much. I am very excited to be one of the new Project Managers for the event this year, interacting with all the other marine enthusiasts, helping the local community and sharing knowledge about the project. We have lots of exciting ideas for the 2023 season! If you see me wandering around during the event, feel free to come and chat about anything; bonus points if its about marine mammals! You can contact me on Twitter – @cetaceanboy
I’m Christy Judd, a recent graduate of MSc Marine Vertebrate Ecology and Conservation from the University of Exeter. My primary research focus is elasmobranch ecology but I have been known to dabble in cetacean research too! My favourite things in the world are scuba diving (in very water water, I recently went to Indonesia for 10 days) and reading books. I was an official volunteer during Orca Watch 2022, which is where I saw my first orca! During that week we saw plenty of diverse and exciting marine life, and helped collect critical data. I’m very excited to be a Project Manager for Orca Watch 2023 as I really believe that community science data is essential for conservation, and that’s the event’s key focus! I can’t wait to meet you all and please don’t hesitate to get in touch, my Twitter is @BadBiologist
I’m Juliet Maxted and I’m very excited to be the Communications Manager for Orca Watch 2023. I have an MSc in Conservation Science and Policy and, alongside work and studying, I have been volunteering for conservation organisations for over eight years! I am passionate about science communication, in particular making scientific research accessible for everyone, which is why I am thrilled to be involved in Orca Watch. In 2021, I saw whales and dolphins for the first time while living in Cornwall and, safe to say, it was love at first sight. This year will be my first time taking part in Orca Watch but I am really looking forward to working in the picturesque John O’Groats, and seeing some incredible wildlife! If you want to get in touch before then you can find me on Instagram, @juliet.in.nature
We hope to see you in John O’Groats!
We are so excited for this year’s event and the opportunity for many to get out sea watching for a wide range of cetaceans. Please remember, if you’re not successful in your application to become and official Orca Watch observer, we still welcome you up to John O’Groats to join in with the excitement and watches. If you have any questions please email email@example.com
Katie Baker Communication and Outreach Officer