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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...
Risso's dolphin © Andy Knight

We’re getting to know Risso’s dolphins in Scotland so we can protect them

Citizen scientists in Scotland are helping us better understand Risso's dolphins by sending us their...
Pilot whales pooing © Christopher Swann

Talking crap and carcasses to protect our planet

We know we need to save the whale to save the world because they are...
Fin whales are targeted by Icelandic whalers

Speaking truth to power – my week giving whales a voice

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting is where governments come together to make decisions about whaling...

Why do whales and dolphins strand on beaches?

People often ask me 'why' whales and dolphins do one thing or another.  I'm a...
A spinner dolphin leaping © Andrew Sutton/Eco2

Head in a spin – my incredible spinner dolphin encounter

Sri Lanka is home to at least 30 species of whales and dolphins, from the...
Sperm whale (physeter macrocephalus) Gulf of California. The tail of a sperm whale.

To protect whales, we must stop ignoring the high seas

Almost two-thirds of the ocean, or 95% of the habitable space on Earth, are sloshing...
WDC team at UN Ocean conference

Give the ocean a chance – our message from the UN Ocean Conference

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

Orcas in the Irish Sea

Last weekend we had a message from our friends on Bardsey Island, off the coast of North Wales, to say they had spotted a pod of orcas from land. WDC has conducted fieldwork on this beautiful, remote Welsh island for over a decade now, primarly focussing on Risso’s dolphin and harbour porpoise so we were thrilled to hear about this latest cetacean encounter.

It is quite unusual to see orcas off the Welsh Coast and so close to shore but when they are seen in these waters it usually around this time of year – late May/early June.

Previous Welsh encounters around the Pembrokeshire Islands have identified these orcas as being a part of Britain and Ireland’s only resident population  –  a small group of 5 females and 4 males – known as the West Coast Community. These orcas patrol a huge area to the west of the British Isles, from the southern Irish Sea, north to the Outer Hebrides and west along the entire length of Ireland’s Atlantic seaboard. There are concerns surrounding this isolated group of orcas though as no calves have been observed in the pod in over 20 years.

Find out more about the orcas of the British Isles and read about our fieldwork project on Bardsey Island.