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Wild dolphins – WDC announces life-sized dolphin sculpture event

WDC has announced that Aberdeen, Scotland is to become the latest place to benefit from the successful Wild in Art sculpture projects – with life-size dolphins planned for locations across the city next year. Wild in Art is a global, interactive project which creates mass-appeal art to engage the public. The dolphin sculptures are sponsored…

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Hebrides field season ends with common dolphin encounter

It’s been a great field season on the Isle of Lewis! We saw Risso’s dolphins (some individuals that we’d seen in previous years and some new dolphins), lots of harbour porpoise and more minke whales than we’ve seen before! And what better way to end a busy season than to encounter a leaping, whistling pod…

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Risso's dolphins caught on camera by WDC field team

WDC’s field team in the Outer Hebrides recently recorded this great video footage of Risso’s dolphins in the surrounding waters.  Stomach contents from strandings data from a limited number of UK Risso’s dolphins shows that their primary prey is octopus. However, a recent report by scientists shows that the relationship between the observed distributions of Risso’s…

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Seaweed and friends make a welcome return to the Isle of Lewis

“I recognise that dolphin” … “And that one” … uttered by me but still sweet music to my ears. Its hugely exciting when we spot a pod of dolphins and even more satisfying when through the cameras lens I recognise an individual that we’ve seen several years before. Obviously I can only confirm the match…

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Consent granted for 86 tidal turbines off north Scotland

A decision was made this week by the Scottish Ministers to allow a major and novel tidal array off the north coast of the Scottish mainland. WDC are supportive of responsible marine renewable energy and recognising the very serious implications of climate change for whales, dolphins and porpoises, we hope that it can become part…

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Third trip lucky on the Isle of Lewis!

We were feeling a little nervous as we made the decision to chance the weather and set out this morning. We had been out only twice in the couple of weeks since we arrived on the Isle of Lewis in Northwest Scotland to conduct our annual boat surveys (this is our 4th year). The weather,…

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What future for Scotland’s whales and dolphins?

You can help the Scottish government decide what the future might look like! This summer the Scottish government are giving you the opportunity to tell them what you think about their proposed marine protected area (MPA) network. Whales and dolphins are STILL not included in the current MPAs – although they haven’t been ruled out…

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WDC Hands 36000 Signature Petition To Scottish Government

Hi Everyone, WDC has handed over a huge 36,736 signatures from members of the public to Richard Lochhead, Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment, asking the Scottish Government to include whales and dolphins in Scotland’s new marine protected area network. The handover of the signatures at the Scottish parliament by WDC’s head of…

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Help Protect Scotland's Whales & Dolphins !

Hi Everyone, I was through at our Scottish Dolphin Centre on Tuesday taking some launch photos for our Marine Protected Areas campaign that starts this week. ©WDCS/Charlie Phillips Protecting the places where whales and dolphins live is vital to ensuring their future. WDCS’s goal is to help design and create large ‘safe havens’ or Marine…

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