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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...
We need whale poo 📷 WDC NA

Whales are our climate allies – meet the scientists busy proving it

At Whale and Dolphin Conservation, we're working hard to bring whales and the ocean into...
Humpback whale underwater

Climate giants – how whales can help save the world

We know that whales, dolphins and porpoises are amazing beings with complex social and family...
Black Sea common dolphins © Elena Gladilina

The dolphin and porpoise casualties of the war in Ukraine

Rare, threatened subspecies of dolphins and porpoises live in the Black Sea along Ukraine's coast....
Minke whale © Ursula Tscherter - ORES

The whale trappers are back with their cruel experiment

Anyone walking past my window might have heard my groan of disbelief at the news...
Boto © Fernando Trujillo

Meet the legendary pink river dolphins

Botos don't look or live like other dolphins. Flamingo-pink all over with super-skinny snouts and...
Risso's dolphin entangled in fishing line and plastic bags - Andrew Sutton

The ocean is awash with plastic – can we ever clean it up?

You've seen pictures of plastic litter accumulating on beaches or marine wildlife swimming through floating...
Fin whale

Is this the beginning of the end for whaling off Iceland?

I'm feeling cautiously optimistic after Iceland's Fisheries Minister Svandís Svavarsdóttir wrote that there is little...

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!