Learning about whales

ORCA trainer Anna Bunney teaching attendees how to identify cetaceans found in UK and European waters and describing the huge diversity of whales and dolphins found throughout the world
ORCA trainer Anna Bunney teaching attendees how to identify cetaceans found in UK and European waters and describing the huge diversity of whales and dolphins found throughout the world
From left, Jacob Kennard, Gavin Moon, Ian Doyle and Sarah Talboys-Smith with Shanon Rees and Rodney Watson at the front
 at the Southsea Village in Palmerston Road Picture: Habibur Rahman

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It’s at the top of many a bucket list - and now people in Portsmouth are being given the chance to become a professional whale-watcher.

The fully-booked day at the City Museum in Portsmouth showed volunteers how to identify different species of whale and how to record sightings.

The dolphin charity Orca, which is based at Portsmouth’s International Port, hosted the day’s training.

Lucy Babey, 31, Orca’s survey manager, said: ‘This course is important because the data needs to be collected in a specfic way.

‘It’s quite informative as well. Many people don’t know there’s 87 whale species in the world and we have 25 of these regularly visit our waters.’

Further training days are being planned.