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2016 Dolphin adoption highlights

At the beginning of a new dolphin watching season, we catch up with adopt a dolphin Field Officer, Charlie Phillips in the Moray Firth, and ask him about his highlights from 2016. We’re not far into 2017 and already there have been dolphin (and whale) sightings on the Moray Firth to whet our appetite for another…

How to beat the January blues? Book a whale watch trip!

I’m sure I’m not the only person shivering through dismal January days – and equally dismal events on the world stage – and seeking solace in the prospect of planning my next escape from routine: preferably somewhere with stunning landscapes and wildlife. Step forward Oliver Dirr, keen traveller and whale watcher, whose recent travels with…

Cacería Dirigida de Delfines –¿esperanza o desesperación?

Esta temporada, el terrible número de delfines muertos o capturados vivos en  las cacerías dirigidas de Taiji,  Japón, asciende a 402 ejemplares muertos, 102 capturados vivos y 170 liberados con destino desconocido. Muchos otros seguramente  morirán o serán capturados vivos para su venta a acuarios antes que la temporada finalice. Esta trágico evento ha involucrado…

The Life of Riley, A Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) Shorewatch dog

It all started on the sofa. There we were, enjoying the sea view when suddenly there was an almighty splash out in the Firth. A whale then launched out of the water several times. My human, Steve, who is a WDC Shorewatcher, was beside himself. He grabbed his binoculars and witnessed a humpback whale   pirouetting…

Dolphins at Last…

After a bit of a quiet spell in this area some dolphins are beginning to break the waters surface – even if its at a distance like this shot of Adopt A Dolphin Kesslet’s son Charlie doing a nice inverted breach near Rosemarkie Bay. I’ve been off on holidays for a while and it’s great…

Dolphin drive hunts – hope or despair?

The terrible tally of dolphins killed or captured alive in this season’s drive hunts in Taiji, Japan is currently 402 slaughtered, 102 taken alive and 170 released, their fate unknown. Five different species have been captured or killed: bottlenose dolphins, pantropical spotted dolphins, Risso’s dolphins, short-finned pilot whales and striped dolphins. Many more are likely…