Whale Photography From Sydney, Australia
Whale Photography From Sydney, Australia

Whale Conservation

Having thousands of whales migrate past a major city every year can impact them in various ways. Some of the dangers they face would be entanglements, ship strikes and noise pollution.

Thankfully i have only observed a handful of entanglements and one ship strike during the last ten years, but with a growing number of whales (about 30.000 are expected to migrate past Sydney in 2018), it is likely to become a more regular occurrence.

Having made a career out of whale watching over the last decade, Jonas wants to start giving something back to the whales. So with every book or image you buy on this website you help to support ORRCA as Jonas will donate a percentage to them.

ORRCA only receives limited grants and otherwise relies on income from memberships, donations and workshops to keep their 24 hour hotline and the organisation functioning.

ORRCA Volunteers


ORRCA (Organisation for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans in Australia) is the most experienced and successful whale rescue organisation in Australia.

Every year ORRCA trains many members of government agencies (including the Department of Environment and Climate Change) and ORRCA Members in marine mammal rescue.

ORRCA is also involved with the protection and welfare of seals, sea lions, dolphins and dugongs. Every year ORRCA volunteers spend many hours protecting hauled out seals and monitoring other marine mammals. They also work with Government Authorities and other groups with marine mammal rehabilitation and release. ORRCA’s input is also sought when legislative bodies are amending existing laws or introducing new ones.

ORRCA assists with, monitors, and gives advice on  marine animal entanglements.

Orrca has active research programs to better understand the problems that marine mammals encounter and to discover possible solutions and favourable outcomes. Their research includes necropsies, bone recoveries, skeletal exhumations, whale migration and behaviour monitoring and observations, as well as ongoing investigations in other areas.

Everyone in ORRCA is a volunteer. ORRCA is the only wildlife carers group in New South Wales licensed to be involved with marine mammal rescue, rehabilitation and release. Their members come from all walks of life, age groups and nationalities. They operate as a non-profit organisation and have charity status.

Most importantly ORRCA operates a 24 hour, 7 days a week Marine Mammal Hotline. This telephone Hotline is staffed by volunteers and keeps ORRCA members, Government Authorities and interested members of the public informed of marine mammal emergencies, incidents and sightings. These incidents are not only in New South Wales but often in other states or even other countries.

ORRCA membership is open to all and your enquiries are welcome by visiting their contacts page.