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Why Do Some Dolphins Throw Fish Around?

As the North East Scotland population of dolphins are reckoned to be amongst the biggest and fattest of their species – they really need to find good food just about every day to help maintain their insulation layer and keep the cold out in the chilly waters around here. Now that the main salmon hunting…

The Dolphin Enigma- A Poem by Matthew Scott

The Dolphin Enigma What is dolphin? Defined by science or subject to interpretation? There are many intangible qualities that make up dolphin. A dolphin is elusive to our eyes and thought. What is it like to be dolphin? Will we ever know? We cannot experience echolocation, our eyes are not on the sides of our…

My role: MPA Volunteer at WDC

My name is Helyn Long I volunteer for WDC in Scotland. In my role as MPA (Marine Protected Area) volunteer it is my job to visit the communities that will be affected by the creation of an MPA, inform them of the process and encourage them to take part in the public consultation that will…

Orca Watch in Scotland

For the past few days, as part of its Shorewatch programme, WDC has been participating in the annual Orca Watch in Caithness in the very north of Scotland. The event is run at this time of year to coincide with peak sightings of orcas that visit the Caithness coastline and the Northern Isles of Shetland…

Size does matter for entangled whales but study finds that bigger is not necessarily stronger

Entanglements in fishing gear may be one of the single largest threats faced by whales and dolphins globally.  Referred to as “bycatch” because these interactions are incidental, not intentional, these interactions number in the hundreds of thousands each year. While some whales and dolphins escape with only scars as evidence, including all nine of WDC’s…

The Science of Whaling – bending science to fit the politics

As Japan’s whalers report their lowest kill of minke whales in years, Japanese Government scientists are today seeking to get the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to endorse their new proposal to kill hundreds of minke whales in the southern Ocean (sometimes abbreviated to NEWREP-A). The Japan Times is reporting that a whaling company employed by…