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Citizen Science really matters

The WDC Shorewatch team have been recording some really exciting sightings: pygmy sperm whales from the Western Isles, sperm whales from the Moray Coast and orca from the North coast; but why does all this data matter? The term ‘citizen science’ is most often used to describe schemes which data is collected by community volunteers…

Big Watch Weekend 2017

Update by Anna Inman Thanks to all Shorewatchers who took part in another exciting Big Watch Weekend! It was great to meet up with so many dedicated Shorewatchers over the weekend, with many being rewarded for their efforts with some great sightings, including: bottlenose dolphin, minke whale, harbour porpoise, orca, humpback whale, pygmy sperm whale,…

Lifting The Spirits

While out on an unplanned and unexpected boat trip last Sunday I was really pleased to see a group of dolphins heading west past Hopeman on the Moray Firth coast. As we got a little closer in the grey and rough sea I realised that I could see a few familiar dorsal fins belonging to…

"Whale meat is good for children" claims Norwegian government

I’m alarmed – but sadly not surprised – to learn that Norwegian Fisheries Minister, Per Sandberg, is funding efforts to promote whale meat to children. Mr Sandberg has pledged almost a million kroner (over £90,000) to the Geitmyra Matkultursenter (Food Culture Centre) to provide children in Eastern Norway with ‘good experiences with seafood’ under the…

2017 Sightings in Scotland

Update by Emma Steel It has been an extremely exciting couple of weeks for cetacean sightings here in Scotland, with a few less common species popping in to say hello, and a total of 12 cetacean species recorded in 2017 so far! The Shorewatch team spent a week up in Caithness and had some fantastic…

Rain, Rain, Come Again…

We have had a very dry spell of weather up here in the Moray Firth area of Scotland for a long time and at long last there has been some heavy rain to raise the river levels a little and this means that the migratory salmon will start running in from the sea again after…