ORCA's intitutional achievements along the years have set up the pillars for advanced marine mammal conservation in Peru, inspiring a new generation of
human beings across the world.
It was founded 2000 by Dr Carlos Yaipén-Llanos at the age of 23 and despite not receiving any government funding its still going strong! He is, and always has been, a marine mammal enthusiast and is a qualified marine vet and has worked with 27 different species including whales, dolphins, porpoises, sea turtles, penguins, sea lions, marine otters and seals.
Main ORCA achievements in Peru:
1) On 24th May 2003 the first ever rescue, rehabilitation and release of a south american sea lion
(Otaria byronia), named "Oscar".
2) In 2004, ORCA discovered the first ever cases of cancer in
South American sea lions linked to
pollution in the ocean, and in 2008,
ORCA also characterized a disease called
distemper, caused by moribillivirus.
3) ORCA runs the world's first rehabiliation and release education program for baby
South American sea lions using advanced
behavioral and acoustical research.
4) In 2010, ORCA reveals to the world the presence of the first continental colony of Galapagos Fur Seals
(Arctocephalus galapagoensis) in Isla Foca, Piura, Peru. The news goes viral worldwide as this is proof that climate change is triggering new ranges for this marine mammal, originally endemic (only found) of the Galapagos Islands.
5) "Arwen", a bottlenose dolphin, was rescued, rehabilitated and released in
July 8th, 2011 -Ocean's Day-. She was the first ever in Peru, and the only one of all strandings worldwide that year. She has been sighted 3 times since
around Lima city coast.
6) After six years follow up, in 2012 ORCA discovers the presence in Lima city bay of the long-gone and endangered Southern Right Whale
(Eubalaena australis), mother and baby ("Julia" and
"Augusta") traveling from Antarctica is relevealed to the world in the most northern sighting ever recorded for this species.
7) ORCA started to do multi-releases of
South American sea-lions into the wild: The first three sea-lions ("Fiona",
"Flynn" and "Felix") simultaneously released
in 2012; the six-sealion-pack ("Vanessa",
"Arya", "Rocky", "Teva", "Yaligei" and "Sebastian")
in 2013; and the thirteen-sealion-largest
release in South America ("Sol",
"Franco", "Liam", "Samir", "Jake", "Amy",
"Irina", "Nya", "Lincon", "Paola",
"Miguel", "Nandito" and "Rose") were released together for the first time ever in Peru
8) The first penguin rescue and rehabilitation was January 19th, 2012 with
"Ace" and "Kirk" the Humboldt penguins, for the first time in Peru.
9) ORCA successfully rehabilitated and released an endangered marine otter “Pierre” on July 30th, 2012.
10) On January 8th, 2014 the first Galapagos penguin was discovered in Peru, despite believes that it is endemic to the Galapagos Islands. “Ron” was successfully rehabilitated and since then several Galapagos penguin colonies have been sighted.
11) June 2015 “Ryana” a Green sea turtle
(Chelonia mydas) and “Mariana”
a Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys
imbricata bissa), were the first sea turtles in Peru to be successfully rehabilitated and released due to plastic poisoning.
12) August 17th, 2015, “Poseidon” a Galapagos Fur Seal was rescued in Lima, making it the most southern recording of this species ever documented.
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