Marine Life

"MARINElife is a UK-based charity established to coordinate and develop a growing portfolio of global cetacean and seabird research and monitoring projects. Through these projects and collaborations with like-minded organisations, we aim to further the conservation of the wildlife of oceans and coasts through scientific investigation and educational activities.

As a leading scientific data-recording organisation for Cetacea (whales, dolphins and porpoises), seabirds, and other marine wildlife, we have been carrying out work in the English Channel, North Sea and the Bay of Biscay since 1995. Our original and longest running project was the Biscay Dolphin Research Programme, historically conducted aboard P&O Ferries' 'Pride of Bilbao' from Portsmouth to Bilbao until the end of September 2010.

In 2005, we became a registered charity as MARINElife and under this name we directly run and collaborate on not only the Biscay Dolphin Research Programme, but also an extensive programme of marine wildlife research and education projects primarily focussed in the European Atlantic region.

The Biscay Dolphin Research Programme (BDRP) was the original project for MARINElife and has made a substantial contribution to the understanding of marine wildlife in European waters, identifying the Bay of Biscay as truly a global hotspot for whales and dolphins, recording over 10,000 sightings. It also allowed the organisation to grow and develop new projects.

Whilst the project aboard P&O's Pride of Bilbao has now finished with the closure of the route in September 2012, we continue to research through Biscay on the Poole to Santander route and hope we will be able to continue research from Portsmouth to Bilbao in the future. Whilst the Pride of Bilbao is currently out of service why not visit our Sightings Archive for hundreds of previous reports from the Bay of Biscay."