Marine mammals are known across the world for their beauty and nature and their conservation has become a focus for many. During this beginner course, you will be introduced to historical and modern-day threats facing marine mammals across the world and here in the UK.

The plight of our marine environments and the mammals dwelling there is a key issue of our time. Learn about this important current affair from leading marine conservation experts.

This course has been developed by leading marine experts, ORCA. During this course, you will learn about the important role these animals play within the ecosystem and how humans are now trying to protect them for future generations. By the end of this course, you will have a clear understanding of threats facing marine mammals and the part you can play in their protection

This is a 4-week online course covering 4 topics, for which you will complete a variety of self-led online resources and activities. Each topic is then concluded with an interactive Zoom workshop to complement the online content. Time commitment is approximately 2-3 hours a week and an E-certificate is provided upon completion. Understand how our online courses are delivered.

About our partner ORCA

With their unique take on marine conservation, ORCA is a charity that is entirely dedicated to studying and protecting whales, dolphins and porpoises in the UK and European waters. They work to identify and protect critical whale and dolphin habitats in UK waters and beyond. The identification of important whale and dolphin habitats is carried out by ORCA’s Marine Mammal Survey Teams, who are all volunteers. This is what makes them so unique. It is their own volunteer teams on board ferries and cruise ships in European waters that conduct the monthly scientific surveys, recording the species they see, where they are and what they are doing. Using the data these teams collect, ORCA can help create safer spaces and a safer future for whales and dolphins.

Tutor: Anna Bunney

Anna Bunney is the Head of Education for UK marine conservation charity ORCA, and manages the outreach and education parts of ORCA’s programmes. A geographer by training and wildlife conservationist by trade, Anna is particularly fascinated with marine mammals and has a particular soft spot for humpback whales! 

Example Timetable

Accrediting Agency

ORCA

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