Iberian Orca Conservation Programme

Iberian Orca programme
Iberian Orca Conservation Programme

Would you like to get involved in the Save the Iberian Orca conservation project in Cádiz/Strait of Gibraltar? We are looking for motivated and determined volunteers to make a difference! 

We provide a conservation volunteer programme in the Strait of Gibraltar, ranging between 1 week and 12 weeks, where you can be part of a unique movement and mission to safeguard and protect the Iberian Orca population (which is seriously under threat with only ca. 35 individuals remaining).  

Our surveillance campaign out at sea helps to 1) prevent attacks from boaters towards the orca, 2) survey the Iberian Orca population, and 3) track and analyse interactions among boats and the orca.  

At the same time, our land-based crew make observations by surveying the orca population from strategic locations along the coastline. You can find out more on the Save the Iberian Orca website 

Highlights

  • Safeguard the Iberian Orca with us on our 9-metre long vessel out at sea and in our land-based surveillance activities (using a telescope and binoculars to sight orca from the coastline)
  • Be part of a unique mission and deep dive into the world of the Iberian Orca in the Strait of Gibraltar
  • Get insights and be part of whale and dolphin conservation and protection work
  • Enjoy the amazing area of Costa de la Luz, with breathtaking beaches, lots of outdoor activities, and Vejer de la Frontera, one of the most beautiful towns in Spain
  • Get to know the Spanish culture and the cheerful people of Andalucia 

What will you be doing on the programme?

Below are a few typical parts to the conservation volunteer programme but things can and will vary!

  • Being part of our surveillance boat crew to support them in their day-to-day operations and heading to our land-based surveillance activities on the coastline
  • Taking pictures and videos during our expeditions
  • Filtering and classification of data collected 
  • Creating social media content

Note: You will be either every day out at sea or every two days, depending on the allocation of sea based and land-based activities (apart from Saturday and Sunday, as both days are our resting days) for 7-8 hours. So, you should be aware that if you experience seasickness, this programme might not be suitable for you.   

What’s included?

  • Training sessions regarding cetacean species inhabiting the Strait of Gibraltar, how to document sightings, and what to do in case of harassments towards the animals
  • Training sessions on how to do land-based sightings, and how to compile corresponding documentation  
  • Housing is provided by us in the Orca Apartment in Vejer de la Frontera, one of the most beautiful towns in Spain
  • Food and drinks during working hours
  • WeWhale Welcome Packages including an Iberian Orca T-shirt or Hoodie
  • Free use of car  

This programme is open from 1 April until 31 October each year and can be started on any specific date (subject to availability).

This is a paid programme – out of the fee, 100% is allocated to fund the Save the Iberian Orca campaign.

Price available on request – get in touch with us to find out more and to apply.

Orca Flat