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Emma Neave-Webb

I'm a self-confessed ‘whale-oholic’, I've has been working with cetaceans since 2004 when she started working with the Biscay Dolphin Research Programme as a surveyor. Since then, I've has worked all over the world studying cetaceans and seabirds and I now has well over 250,000 survey miles under my belt.

Having initially trained as a geologist, my long career has included work with nongovernmental organizations, as well as in the oil, gas and renewables industries. I've been actively involved in cetacean rescues across the UK since 2004 and I've led several high profile strandings responses including the UK’s only successful killer whale rescue in early 2021 on my home island of Sanday, Orkney.

I currently works for the International Whaling Commission as their Strandings Coordinator working with world-leading cetacean experts on the global IWC Strandings Initiative. I'm also a co-founder of Orkney Marine Mammal Research Initiative where I carry out the role of Science & Conservation Officer. I'm the area coordinator for British Divers Marine Life Rescue in Orkney and senior volunteer with the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMASS). Through SMASS, I'm one of only 5 volunteers in the country trained to carry out advanced sampling and dissection of cetaceans.

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