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Why whales can help save our planet – if we let them

As Icelanders spend today assessing the damage caused by last night’s “double hurricane force” winds which battered their island, and people in north west England and southern Scotland begin the grim process of mopping up after widespread flooding in the wake of Storm Desmond, few are likely to link these extreme weather events with whales…

Coffee and Dolphins – a great combination…

While round at the Rosemarkie Beach Cafe yesterday having a cup of coffee to warm up and also signing some copies of my new book on dolphins I had the lovely surprise of firstly Kesslet cruising past very close in to the shore in Rosemarkie Bay then a bit later young Charlie came to join…

Remembering Rhapsody – One year later

On December 4th, 2014, the body of an orca was found floating off Comox, British Columbia.  Curiosity over the death was muted when the orca was identified as a member of the Southern Resident orca community.  Any loss to this small, endangered population is a tough blow, but this death was especially hard.  Rhapsody (J32)…

As Japan launches its new whaling programme, is the fleet sailing into new legal jeopardy?

Seemingly driven by spurious nationalistic pride and despite their failure to gain the support of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and, in contempt of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Japan’s Antarctic whaling fleet is leaving its homeport today, December 1st. But the fleet may not simply be sailing into the choppy waters of the…

Fjord Fiesta

Timeline: November 2015 Location: N: 69 45 56 E: 18 40 18 Kaldfjorden, Northern Norway. My first experience of whale watching in Norway was nearly 20 years ago when I, like thousands of others, made the trip to Tysfjorden high above the Arctic Circle to witness the phenomenon of large pods of orcas hunting the…

Schnee im Moray Firth

Seit der erste Schneefall des Winters die Bergspitzen weiß gefärbt hat, ist es schwieriger die ortsansässigen Patendelfine zu finden als sonst, denn das Wetter ist nicht allzu gut um die Delfine zu beobachten oder zu fotografieren. Hin und wieder jedoch ist mir Mutter Natur wohlgesinnt und ich kann ein paar Blicke auf Delfine in der…