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Amazing tales: adventures of the WDC adoption dolphins

Charlie Phillips here, I’m the adopt a dolphin field officer for WDC and I think that I have one of the best jobs in the world in the North East coast of Scotland near Inverness. It’s a really lovely place and so is my ‘office’, a peninsula called Chanonry Point where for over twenty years…

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Exciting news for WDC dolphin adopters as two new calves are born

We are very excited to reveal the news that Rainbow and Kesslet, two of the WDC adoption programme bottlenose dolphins in Scotland have given birth to baby calves.  WDC’s adopt a dolphin field officer, Charlie Phillips had been watching Kesslet’s son Charlie and some of his young mates prowling around Chanonry point in the Moray…

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A gentle start to the dolphin season…

Looking back on the start of my previous dolphin seasons it looks like we are not too far short of “normal” as far as dolphin numbers that have been seen goes. It has been a bit patchy though, with four or five of the very local dolphins being seen sometimes during rising tides and sometimes…

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Dolphins in WDC’s adopt a dolphin programme doing well

According to a report published by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), with research undertaken by Aberdeen University, around 200 bottlenose dolphins make the Moray Firth and Scottish north east coast their home, and the population is ‘stable’. WDC warmly welcomes this news. The population was at one time estimated to be around 130 dolphins, so this…

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Adopt a dolphin star, Kesslet is back in town!

After a week or two of sporadic and very brief sightings of WDC adopt a dolphin star, Kesslet out past Rosemarkie Bay, it was a lovely sight at the end of last week to see her for the first time this season hunting in the Kessock Channel. This is the narrow area of water in the north east…

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Can we have some dolphins please?

It has been unusually quiet for dolphin sightings around the Inner Moray Firth over the festive holiday period and I was hoping that by this stage in January that I would have something to tell you and maybe even a photo or two to show but no luck so far I’m afraid. There have been…

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Seasons Greetings…

Very best wishes to all of you lovely dolphin adopters and supporters out there from all of us at WDC – I’m hoping to be out and about soon after New Year having a good look round for anything out there with a dorsal fin but until then –  have a lovely Christmas and a…

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Some Sightings Out There…

I had word from a contact of mine the other day who does bird watching at Tarbat Ness in the Dornoch Firth, a bit North from here, that he spotted over fifteen Bottlenose dolphins hunting for fish with lots of gull activity overhead. That sounds fairly typical of mackerel or more likely herring fishing by…

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Nobody Here But Kesslet…

It’s a quiet time for seeing dolphins at the moment – nearly all the local dolphins are away out to sea, looking for tasty herring to scoff but every now and then a dorsal fin will break the surface – like WDC Adopt a Dolphin star Kesslet who has been seen popping in and out…

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A Lovely Finish to the 2017 Dolphin Boat Work Season

Having my WDC colleague Ali Rose, the manager of our Scottish Dolphin Centre with me today onboard the Ecoventures, Cromarty RIB today was a real pleasure as we encountered dolphins not too far from harbour including adoption stars Mischief and Moonlight. We were playing host to a lovely family who are huge supporters of WDC…

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