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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...

Small fish in a BIG pond?!

So there is no going back now! I’ve just entered myself into the Banff Bay swim; a challenge against nature’s elements, swimming across the Bay that spans the mouth of the river Deveron, in the north east of Scotland. Starting at the lighthouse in Banff, I will be (hopefully) optimising the effects of any wind, swell, river current and the more advantageous tidal current to reach the Lighthouse at Macduff, approx. 1500m away. It’s going to be a challenge that’s for sure, but that’s the idea right?! I’ve never done an outdoor swim before, (I’m guessing splash about in the shallows doesn’t really count) and it’s going to be a lot tougher than the safe haven of a 25 meter pool, with neatly spaced lanes and crystal clear water!

I will of course be raising money for charity (https://www.justgiving.com/ruthclark) and all proceeds are going to WDC. As a residential volunteer at the Scottish Dolphin Centre, it’s amazing to be part of the fantastic work they do here to protect whales and Dolphins, and I hope this challenge will help them to continue raising awareness of these fantastic creatures.

Let the training commence!!! Stay tuned for the next big splash!…..