ECOPredS would not exist without the support from the project partners and collaborators who have generously shared their data and expertise with the project. We are also grateful to the project’s funders, including Marine Scotland Science (MSS), Scottish Natural Heritage and Carnegie Trust (more details on the funding page).

Sea Watch Foundation, along with Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust and ORCA are providing the project with sighting data to analyze harbour seal behaviour in the presence/absence of killer whales.

Shetland Orca Sightings was created in July 2016 by Hugh Harrop of Shetland Wildlife to collate and disseminate sightings of Orcas and other cetaceans in Shetland waters. The Facebook Group Page soon became one of the largest public social media network sites of its kind in the UK and currently enjoys an active membership of over 14,000 people. 

Hugh Harrop, Karen Hall and the many volunteer contributors to Shetland Orca Sightings

COMPASS project (SAMS) has provided the project with PAM recordings from the West Coast that will be analyzed for killer whale presence near important sites for harbour seals.

Northern Lighthouse Board kindly allowed us to deploy acoustic recorders on their navigation buoys in Scapa Flow, Orkney, in 2019 and in 2021.

ECOPredS interacts and coordinates with other researchers and ongoing projects on North Atlantic killer whales, including Icelandic Orca project led by Dr Filipa Samarra, UK killer whale photo-id work led by Dr Andy Foote, and Eve Jourdain from the Norwegian Orca Survey.

We are also grateful to all researchers and engingeers in SMRU for advice and help with the project, and Dr Debbie Russell, Dr Dave Thompson, Dr Bernie McConnell, and Prof Ailsa Hall for sharing their seal telemetry data.

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