Orcas and Yachts: Fact, Fiction, and Fear

Published on May 26th, 2023

This recording of a webinar, originally broadcast on May 18, 2023, presents the phenomenon of a population of orca that feeds on and follows the migration of tuna exiting the Mediterranean from the Strait of Gibraltar and heads West and North around the Iberian Peninsula.

The webinar, organized by the Cruising Association’s (CA) Regulatory & Technical Services Group, offered valuable insights into the extensive efforts undertaken by the organization to collect and analyze data, as well as disseminate knowledge on interactions.

Presenter and lead of the CA orca project team, John Burbeck, shared information on interactions and uneventful passages in 2022 and 2023, data and analysis, reporting protocols, tracking and location maps, along with a range of information resources available to the sailing community.

The webinar also gave advice on staying safe and risk reduction if sailing in an affected area, including deterrent measures, before concluding with a Q&A session.

Find out more on the CA orca information and reporting portal: https://www.theca.org.uk/orcas

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