ORRCA (Organisation for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans in Australia) is the most experienced and successful whale rescue organisation in Australia.
In 2016, the ORRCA team celebrated 30 years of rescuing and researching whales, dolphins, seals and dugongs along the NSW coast. With animal numbers increasing in recent years, it is more important than ever that we all work together to protect and support the marine mammals who visit our coastlines each year.
Everyone within ORRCA is a volunteer. We are the only wildlife carers group in NSW licensed to be involved with marine mammal rescue, rehabilitation and release. Our members come from all walks of life, age groups and nationalities.
Most importantly, ORRCA operates a 24 hour, 7 days a week Marine Mammal Hotline. Our Hotline is staffed by volunteers and keeps ORRCA members, Government Authorities and interested members of the public informed of marine mammal sightings, incidents and emergencies. These events are not only in NSW but often in other states or other countries.
ORRCA receives limited financial grants relying on income from memberships, donations and workshops to keep the hotline and the organisation functioning.
We are a non-profit organisation and have a charity status.