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Managing or Recovering Leviathan

Is it time to reframe the conversation? A recent article published in Oceanography by Dr. Phillip Clapham is entitled Managing Leviathan: Conservation challenges for the great whales in a post-whaling world.  In the article, Dr. Clapham reviews the history of modern whaling (i.e. industrial, commercial whaling) and its removal of nearly 3,000,000 whales in the 20th Century alone, reducing some…

The Forgotten Dolphins: Alternatives to Taking the Plunge

Having a real-life encounter with a whale or dolphin can be pretty cool – an amazing experience that can be awe-inspiring, astounding, and even life-changing for some.  But having that experience with captive whales and dolphins is a hollow, false representation of the joy of seeing wild whales and dolphins.  Interacting with individuals who are…

July Adopt a Dolphin Update

With summer being in full swing in the Moray Firth it’s normal at this time of year to have daily sightings of lots of local dolphins including the six individual dolphins that you can adopt with WDC. I can have good days and bad days but yesterday was very much a good day as I…

Forgotten dolphins #4 – the plight of the beluga whale

SIGN THE PETITION NOW. For this instalment in the Forgotten Dolphins series, WDC residential volunteer, Naomi Bentley, shines a light on the plight of captive beluga whales. SeaWorld’s announcement this year of ending their captive orca breeding programme, and ‘phasing out’ live shows, is news WDC was especially heartened to hear. This means these orcas…

Whales and dolphins mourning their dead?

There’s some  debate about what biologists call epimeletic behaviour in whales and dolphins. Essentially, this refers to the giving of care or attention to another individual. The debate rarely centres around identifying the act itself, which is often easy to recognise, particularly where it involves care or attention from a healthy individual being focussed upon…

Meanwhile…Out at Sea

The sightings of dolphins around Chanonry Point have gone rather quiet for the past week so I ventured out onto the water recently courtesy of Ecoventures, the local tour boat operator at Cromarty to see if I could find dolphins a little bit farther out to sea and yes, we did manage to catch up…