ORRCA is the most experienced and successful whale rescue organisation in Australia.

ORRCA is involved with the protection and welfare of WHALES, seals,
sea lions, dolphins and dugongs.

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. Our members come from all walks of life, age groups and nationalities. We operate as a non-profit organisation and have charity status. View our constitution here.

Every year ORRCA volunteers spend many hours protecting hauled out seals and monitoring other marine mammals. We 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.

We assist with, monitor, and give advice on marine animal entanglements.

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

Public education is another of our activities. We are always willing to share our knowledge as we are there for all.

Most importantly ORRCA operates a 24 hour, 7 days a week Marine Mammal Hotline.

This telephone Hotline is staffed by volunteers

The hotline 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 of Australia or even other countries.


24 Hour Hotline


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