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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 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!