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A dolphin called Arnie with a shell

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Common dolphins at surface

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Leaping harbour porpoise

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Holly. Image: Miray Campbell

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Humpback whale. Image: Christopher Swann

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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...
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...

Small fish in a BIG pond 2?!

With less than a week before I attempt to swim a mile in the open water of the North Sea; I’m hoping I have done enough to get me to the finish line! The last few weeks have flown by here at the Scottish Dolphin Centre, with lots of visitors coming to see the amazing wildlife we have at Spey Bay. It’s been fantastic to see so many people excited about watching out for whales and dolphins and we have been rewarded with some truly fabulous sightings!! Including glimpses of some very tiny calves!

The window of opportunity to get out in the open water has not been as much as I had hoped but I’ve been having regular trips to the pool and enjoying jogs out on the reserve; which has helped tremendously with my species ID! Despite the odd occasion of a tender calf muscle, I have been on the whole more than happy with the results of all this exercise. I hope I will be spurred on to keep it up after!

I’m really looking forward to getting out there in the water and up against the elements. It’s going to be a fantastic day with lots of people taking part; some even brave enough to swim without a wetsuit! I will, however be more than happy if I complete the swim and manage to raise some money for WDC (https://www.justgiving.com/ruthclark). I am very grateful for all the support and well-wishing I have received so far. I will keep you informed as to the outcome of the day!!  Wish me luck!