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So long and thanks for all the fins! – Isle of Lewis Research Blog

Time has flown and it’s almost time to say farewell to the Isle of Lewis and all the whales, dolphins and porpoises who call these waters home. Although it’s been a bit of a mixed bag weather wise, we’ve managed to get out on the water a surprising amount of times and every time been…

Meeting the challenge of reducing plastic waste at the Scottish Dolphin Centre

Emily Burton, one of our fantastic volunteers at the Scottish Dolphin Centre, gives an update on the Scottish Dolphin Centre’s efforts to reduce its plastic waste. 12.7 million tons of plastic is dumped into the sea each year. That’s the equivalent of a full bin lorry every single minute. –Greenpeace This is one of many…

30,725g of litter cleaned up – good job!

By Sarah Sheldon, WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre‘s Guide and Events intern.  Plastic has recently been a hot topic, even more than usual here at the Scottish Dolphin Centre. Myself and the other interns have recently attempted to reduce our plastic consumption after watching the incredible eye opening film “A Plastic Ocean”. So when I was…

Famine or Feast – Isle of Lewis Research Blog

It was a slow start to this seasons fieldwork here on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. High winds (at this time of year the remnants from the various hurricanes battering the Caribbean and USA) and lots of rain kept us on land and indoors for the first week however patience, being a…

Where Is Everybody?

It’s getting quieter and quieter by the day for dolphins sightings arond the inner Moray Firth and you have go do a bit of travelling around to see any of the bigger groups – there are a few 1’s and 2’s dolphin combinations travelling around like Kesslet and Charlie or Zephyr and young ZuZu and…

Southern Resident orcas face second loss this year

The Center for Whale Research (CWR) made the sad determination yesterday that 2-year old Sonic (J52) is now deceased.  This is the second death for the critically endangered Southern Resident orca population this year, after a summer in which they were barely seen in their usual summer habitat.  This unique and fragile population now has…