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Wild Weather…

The autumn gales are making the seas around the Black Isle very rough and not very comfortable to be on for us humans – but the resident dolphins don’t mind rough seas, a few feet under the surface it is a much more serene world than the spray filled upper surface. In the photo below…

New Scottish porpoise MPA is great! But more work to be done…

WDC is delighted that the first Scottish harbour porpoise Special Area of Conservation in the Inner Hebrides and the Minches has been designated by Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Roseanna Cunningham. This is a tremendous campaign success for us and we’d like to thank the thousands of WDC supporters who got involved and urged the Scottish…

The Moray 'Mediterranean’ shines over watching weekend

September 9-11th marked our 12th Big Watch Weekend for WDC’s Shorewatch sighting project in Scotland. With our team of dedicated volunteers raring to go, we were hoping for a record number of watches.  Unfortunately, high winds on the west coast stopped our west coast volunteers in carrying out many watches and impacted our overall numbers.…

Can fin whaler persuade Japan to take his haul?

Well, well, well. Just as I was wondering whether we would ever confirm the Winter Bay’s recent cargo, and darn me if fin whaler, Kristjan Loftsson, doesn’t helpfully step in to provide the answer. Regular blog readers may recall that back in August, I posted news of our discovery that the Winter Bay – the vessel used last…

Close Encounters…

I had a wonderful day recently out at sea onboard Aberdeen University‘s research boat. We covered a lot of area before thankfully coming across some of the local Bottlenose dolphins, including the lovely female called Spirit, one of the WDC Adopt a Dolphins who had her two year old calf with her and was in amongst…

A brilliant idea that could help save dolphins from extinction

In 2002 world governments agreed to end all trade in bottlenose dolphins captured from the Black Sea. I remember that day as we celebrated this as a great victory. It was fantastic to know that the years of hard work my colleagues had put in had paid off. We were as relieved as we were…