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Dead sperm whale in The Wash, East Anglia, England. © CSIP-ZSL.

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Risso's dolphin © Andy Knight

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Pilot whales pooing © Christopher Swann

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A spinner dolphin leaping © Andrew Sutton/Eco2

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Sperm whale (physeter macrocephalus) Gulf of California. The tail of a sperm whale.

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WDC team at UN Ocean conference

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I'm looking out over the River Tejo in Lisbon, Portugal, reflecting on the astounding resilience...

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.