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The Summer of Scylla

You know how every once in awhile, you meet someone and you just click? You become friends immediately and it seems like you have known them your entire life? Every once in awhile, this happens with a whale as well! I swear I’m not crazy, let me explain. From the year I did my internship…

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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.…

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Humpback whales return to Scotland's east coast

Following the increased sightings of humpback whales around the coast of Scotland in the last couple of years, two more whales have been seen feeding off the east coast near Aberdeen in recent weeks. One of those lucky enough to see the whales was local WDC Shorewatch volunteer, Monica Carrie. The shot below was taken…

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UK Orca Watch 2016

Last month WDC headed back up to the very north of Scotland to participate in the annual Orca Watch week in Caithness. The event, run in conjunction with the SeaWatch Foundation, is now in its 5th year and once again rewarded the hardy team of spotters on the ferry, cliffs and headlands with some incredible…

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Common dolphins filmed feeding in Cornwall

A wildlife cruise operator has taken rare footage of nearly 200 common dolphins feeding in coastal waters off Cornwall. The footage was taken by AK Wildlife Cruises during a trip in Falmouth on the south coast last weekend. While common dolphins are found around the UK, they normally inhabit deeper, offshore waters.

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Beluga whales latest surprise visitor to UK waters

Two beluga whales were sighted in the North Sea earlier this week off the coast of Northumberland. The whales were caught on camera swimming just off the beach. In July another beluga was seen off Northern Ireland. Belugas, normally found in cold, arctic waters, are rare visitors to UK waters with less than 20 recorded sightings.

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Blue whale filmed in UK waters

A blue whale has been captured on film for what is thought to be the first time ever in English waters.  The sighting occurred around 400km off the coast of Cornwall on the 24th August. The huge whale was spotted over a deep-sea canyon on the northern margin of the Bay of Biscay by Prof Russell Wynn, a…

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Beluga whale appears off Northern Ireland coast

What is believed to be the first ever sighting of a beluga whale off the coast of Northern Ireland, took place on July 30th. Normally found in cold, arctic waters it is unclear what brought the whale so far south, though sea temperatures in this part of the North Atlantic have been lower than usual…

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Humpback whale sighted off Devon

A humpback whale has been recorded off the coast of Devon, the latest in what is turning out to be a great year for whale and dolphin sightings around the UK coastline. The whale was filmed off Dartmouth on Monday by yachtsman, Peter Green. Though only occasionally seen in waters around the British Isles, a…

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