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Blue whale blues

Every whale death is a tragedy, but a dead blue whale is a big loss in every sense of the word. A young blue whale – its beauty and future potential cruelly extinguished – is arguably the greatest loss of all.  I was really concerned, then, to hear a few days ago of another blue…

Chaaarge !

Hi Everyone, The picture below shows big Mischief belting after a salmon at full throttle… Thankfully the salmon are running in reasonable enough numbers to keep huge dolphins like Mischief fed…a 500 kilo dolphin takes a LOT of feeding ! Best Wishes, Charlie.

First whale watch…and balloon watch?

Sam Sanders recently joined us as a summer intern.  On her first whale watching trip, she was appalled that she saw almost as many balloons in the ocean as there were whales.  Read on to learn about this very prominent threat to not only whales, but all marine life.             …

Recent Sightings at Spey Bay

Three months in and still seeing something new every week! Most evidence of winter has now disappeared and has been replaced with lush green trees and plants. Quite a different scene to when we first arrived back in February. We have been enjoying the warmer and lighter evenings, going for walks and having fires on…

What makes a great visitor experience?

As manager of the Scottish Dolphin Centre, I have good reason to ponder this question. It came up again this week as we were awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, an accolade given to establishments who consistently get a high number of outstanding reviews. What strikes me as interesting is that many of our reviewers…

WTO rules that animal welfare trumps trade

On Thursday, 22nd May 2014, the World Trade Organisation upheld  the European Union’s ban on the import of seal pelts, oil and meat on moral grounds. Canada and Norway had previously challenged the ban. The fundamental point of this ruling is that trade issues cannot trump concerns over animal welfare and conservation. The ruling comes…