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IWC65 – the good, the bad and the downright ugly

To an outside observer, meetings of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) can look like a throwback to one of Hans Holbein’s 16th century Danse Macabre woodcuts, with most delegates’ overtly ‘respectful‘ interventions a mere varnish on the vainglories of the whalers as they attempt to lay the groundwork to once more pursue whales to the…

Autumnal Sightings at the Scottish Dolphin Centre

We are well and truly into the thick of autumn now here at Spey Bay. The leaves are starting to change colour and fall off the trees. Walking along the River Spey our footsteps are complemented by the sounds of crunching leaves. Fungi has started sprouting up all along the woodland however I am yet…

Risso’s dolphin MPA for North East Lewis?

We have been watching Risso’s dolphins foraging almost every day since we arrived last weekend to conduct our annual surveys off the Isle of Lewis in Scotland. Since we were last here…. drum roll please…. our survey area in North East Lewis has become a proposed Marine Protected Area (MPA) for these dolphins! We couldn’t…

Mums The Word…Again !

Hi Everyone, More new baby news from the Moray Firth… The Kessock Channel this time and our lovely Kesslet has given birth to a brand new little bundle of joy in the last few days ! I was very fortunate that a local tour boat operator, Eric Wardlaw from Phoenix Cruises at Inverness Marina, took…


Nachwuchs im Moray Firth! Teil II

Hallo zusammen, es gibt noch mehr Nachwuchs-Neuigkeiten aus dem Moray Firth… Diesmal aus dem Kessock-Kanal, wo unsere liebe Kesslet vor ein paar Tagen einen kleinen Wonneproppen zur Welt gebracht hat! Gestern hatte ich das Glück, dass mich Eric Wardlaw von Phoenix Cruises im Hafen von Inverness, einer der lokalen Betreiber für Bootstouren, auf einen Ausflug…

Boys Will Be Boys….

Hi Everyone, 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…