Orca Watch Blog – Saturday 29th May
Welcome to the first official day of Orca Watch 2021 and my first blog piece for the event!
The first sightings are already in and will be added to our Orca Watch Sightings Page at www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/orca-watch-2021-sightings-data/ later. Throughout the week you can find the latest sightings here, read my daily blog and join me for Orca Watch Live! every evening starting Monday 31st May at 7:30pm. Admission to this virtual event is free and access can be obtained through Eventbrite. Just Search for Orca Watch Online and the list of events will come up but Monday’s event can be found at www.eventbrite.com/e/orca-watch-live-monday-31st-may-tickets-155592781197 so why not register right now!
Orca Watch 2021 – An Evening of Talks
It’s not too late to buy a ticket for our Evening of Talks on Saturday 29th May, starting at 7:30pm (virtual doors open at 7:20). Learn more about this iconic species from two speakers, discover more about the background to Orca Watch and be automatically enrolled in our prize draw with the chance of winning a pair of Opticron binoculars, a Family Membership of Sea Watch or a discount on our Cetacean Observer Training course. Tickets cost £6:50 from www.eventbrite.com/e/orca-watch-online-2021-evening-of-talks-tickets-154541611119
At the time of writing, I know of three sightings yesterday (Friday) which were:
- Hoxa head, Orkney
- Staxigoe, Caithness
- Unst, Shetland
And a further report this morning (Saturday) came from Karen Hall with at least 5 orca being seen off Mioness Skerries in Shetland, heading south west.
I will update this blog and add more detail later in the day, once I receive it. This will normally be at around 6pm each day. Our Sightings Officer, Chiara Bertulli, is collecting and collating all the reports throughout the day, and from Monday will also create a Sightings Map, and send it all to me at around 5pm. I will then produce the final version of each day’s blog. Before that, as today, I will provide a brief update around lunchtime.
Links to more information
Additional information can be found on our Orca Watch 2021 Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/orcawatchers or our Orca Watch www.facebook.com/groups/orcawatch/ Facebook Group as well as www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/orca-watch-2021/
Robin Petch – Sea Watch Ambassador