Dolphin sightings around the Kessock Channel and Chanonry are pretty quiet just at the moment. I was at our Scottish Dolphin Centre at Spey Bay last Sunday and at one stage in the distance about 1.5km away we had around 20 dolphins, some with small babies travelling past heading east. It was lovely to see them and a while later travelling in the other direction was a juvenile Minke whale !
It was with some trepidation that I offered my help to Nick Davison from SMASS (Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme) on the morning of Monday 8th September when he called to ask for some assistance from WDC in a Minke whale post mortem at Whitehills (around 20 miles along the coast from my usual place of work, The Scottish Dolphin Centre at Spey Bay).
WDC's Sarah Dolman reports on her final days in the Azores where she helped carry out field work for a local research organization, Nova Atlantis, this summer.
In my 4 weeks on Pico we saw more pods of Risso’s dolphins than any other species! In the 15 years that the study has been underway, Nova Atlantis have photographed 1,250 individual dolphins, about 150 of which live in the survey around. The rest have a wider home range and are just passing through.
The IWC has today passed a resolution that seeks to control scientific whaling. The full text is below.
After much efforts at reaching consensus, New Zealand had to press ahead and return to its earlier draft as below
So what did yesterday’s closed-door session reveal? From the opening session it’s hard to tell.