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Who could own a whale?

When a sick or injured animal is taken into captivity so that we might help them rehabilitate to full health so that they can eventually be released back into the wild, do the humans who have taken on the role of ‘looking after’ that individual then ‘own’ them and who gets to decide on that individual’s…

"Iceberg" - the white orca

THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG: Unravelling the secrets of orcas and other whales in Russia

The extraordinary beauty and charisma of an all-white mature bull orca, cracking the wild and windy waters of the Russian Far East, is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of appreciating the extraordinary diversity of life here. The wonders abound: More volcanoes than anywhere on Earth; six different species of salmon; marine bird…

Some Activity…

A few very grey, wet days at Chanonry recently, my pal Alan texted me about some dolphins yesterday over at the Fort and I was on my way to the Point anyway. After I arrived I saw big Scoopy over at the Fort and then Zephyr and her young son Breeze came past and pottered…

Rough Seas…

Hi Everyone, There have been fairly consistent sightings from Chanonry in the last week or so. Kesslet and Charlie have vanished from the Kessock Channel and joined Rainbow, Zephyr & Breeze and a few others round at Chanonry, hunting in the rough water as you can see below. ©WDCS/Charlie Phillips The weather has gone bitterly…

Time For a Snack…

Hi Everyone, The sudden torrential rain that we have had over the last wee while has made photographing any dolphins that have been around a bit of a challenge. I got soaked at Chanonry yesterday but was delighted to find big “Scoopy” ID #748 pottering around in the distance on his own at North Kessock…

Peter1

European Cetacean Society Conservation Award 2012

At the 2012 annual meeting of the European Cetacean Society (ECS) in Galway, Ireland in March, the annual Conservation Award – which is part-sponsored by WDCS – was given to Dr Peter Evans. Mark Simmonds, the WDCS International Director of Science, helped to celebrate this event with a speech which is reproduced below virtually verbatim…