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Mindful conservation – why we need a new respect for nature

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A dolphin called Arnie with a shell

Dolphins catch fish using giant shell tools

In Shark Bay, Australia, two groups of dolphins have figured out how to use tools...
Common dolphins at surface

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Leaping harbour porpoise

The power of harbour porpoise poo

We know we need to save the whale to save the world. Now we are...
Holly. Image: Miray Campbell

Meet Holly, she’s an incredible orca leader

Let me tell you the story of an awe-inspiring orca with a fascinating family story...
Humpback whale. Image: Christopher Swann

A story about whales and humans

As well as working for WDC, I write books for young people. Stories; about the...
Risso's dolphin at surface

My lucky number – 13 years studying amazing Risso’s dolphins

Everything we learn about the Risso's dolphins off the coast of Scotland amazes us and...
Dead sperm whale in The Wash, East Anglia, England. © CSIP-ZSL.

What have dead whales ever done for us?

When dead whales wash up on dry land they provide a vital food source for...

A Little Visitor…

Hi Everyone,

I had an unexpected furry visitor to the slipway at North Kessock at the weekend, a lovely young Common (Harbour) Seal who thought that he or she would have a little rest from fishing by resting on the slipway wall.

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©WDC/Charlie Phillips

This seal is a spring pup, born around June or July and is is good condition, nice and plump with no wounds or runny nose or eyes. I am a trained Marine Mammal Medic and get called out to look at poorly seal pups a lot in the spring for Common Seals and in the late autumn/early winter the fluffy white coated Grey Seal pups. A little later when the tide started to rise again he or she plopped back into the water to look for a fishy snack. I count myself very lucky that I work and live in an area where I can have a sighting of a lovely wild animal like this at close range. A nice way to start your working day.

Best Wishes,

Charlie.