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Rare beluga skull found on Scottish beach

A rare find that washed up on a Scottish beach on 5th May was formally identified at the National Museum of Scotland this week. A beluga skull was found at Lunan Bay in Angus, south of Montrose on the east coast. Determining a cause of death from the skull alone is unlikely. This was a…

Go Get ’Em Moonlight !

Hi Everyone, The dolphins are starting to (eventually) come into Chanonry Point on the hunt for some salmon. You can just make out in the photo below a smallish fish being flicked up in the air by Moonlight – just a tasty snack really when you compare them to the monsters that she normally catches…

SeaWorld’s “science” partner?

SeaWorld will likely counter the claim that they are not conducting science by noting their association with Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI). Founded back in 1963 with their mission statement being “to return to the sea some measure of the benefits derived from it”, it was time to look a bit more closely at what…

Really Wild Festival and Even Wilder Dolphins!

Now the season is officially underway, things are starting to get much busier here at the Scottish Dolphin Centre.  On Bank Holiday Monday we held our annual Really Wild Festival, fortunately the weather was in our favour and it was sunny blue skies all round! There were lots of different activities going on throughout the…

No brainer in Faxafloi Bay – whale watching trumps whaling every time

I have pleasure in introducing a guest blog by Icelander Kris Hjalmarsson, who comments on the increasing conflict of interest between the whale watch community and the whalers. These industries are polar opposites yet each operates in Faxafloi Bay, outside Reykjavik, home to a species targeted by both factions: the minke whale. Below, Kris explains…

Is SeaWorld feeling the heat of Harry Potter

SeaWorld, besieged by public pressure at home and facing an increasingly difficult regulatory environment in the USA, may be looking to expand overseas to escape the restrictions it is facing as people become more concerned about its care for whales and dolphins and its own staff. The Orlando Sentinel reports that on Wednesday SeaWorld had…