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Iceland 2013: Saga #1 – The Land of Fire and Ice

It certainly is a cliché but Iceland really is the land of fire and ice. Iceland is one of the most remote countries in the Western world and sits on the Mid-Atlantic ridge. The whole island is a hotspot for volcanic and geothermic activity and nowhere else on the planet are you able to witness…

Come on Dolphins – Stop Hiding !

Hi Everyone, The photo below was taken exactly one year ago today – it is of Kesslet and Charlie hunting for herring in the Kessock Channel in very silvery light. ©WDC/Charlie Phillips Unfortunately our dolphins seem to be far out to sea at the moment and not nearly as visible as they were at this…

Compassion verses violence

The issue of whaling and the killing of dolphins is a highly emotive one. It can stir passions in all of us, and I am still staggered at the brutality of some of the things people do to our cetacean cousins. However, it’s critical that we focus our passion to achieve the end goal of ending…

Back To Work…Happy New Year.

Hi Everyone, I hope that you are all safe and well and have enjoyed the festive break. That’s me back to work after a VERY lazy time with Susan over on Eilean Ban, just below the Skye Bridge. The first thing that I had to do in 2013 was to send my new camera away…

Seasons Greetings…

Hi Everyone, It’s that time of year again where the mountains near here are lovely and white with snow, like “An Teallach” near Dundonnell in the picture below and it’s nearly time to have our festive break. An Teallach, Dundonnell, Wester Ross. Photo © Charlie Phillips Images It has been another great year for meeting…

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Chapter 92: Ambergris

Today’s Moby Dick chapter is Chapter 92: Ambergris – read by Michael Bracewell. Our Executive Director explains how WDC is working to make the harvesting of whales for products like ambergirs and spermaceti oil a thing of the past. Ambergris is secreted in the intestines of the sperm whale and while it is usually passed…