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Mindful conservation – why we need a new respect for nature

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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

The power of harbour porpoise poo

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Holly. Image: Miray Campbell

Meet Holly, she’s an incredible orca leader

Let me tell you the story of an awe-inspiring orca with a fascinating family story...
Humpback whale. Image: Christopher Swann

A story about whales and humans

As well as working for WDC, I write books for young people. Stories; about the...
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...

Welcome To The World Little One…

Hi Everyone,

I was on duty at Chanonry Point last night for the evening incoming tide, and I was very glad that I went. Sundance and a few others were right in at the Point ferreting around in the tidal current for fish but away in the distance was a lone adult that had a familiar looking dorsal fin. Using my hugest of camera lenses I was able to watch carefully and I noticed that a tiny baby dolphin was swimming alongside the adult. In the photo below (taken at very long range +500 metres in poor light) you can see the little dinky baby (or neonate as we call them) surfacing to breathe.

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I think that this might be our first dolphin baby of the season and it is another calf for ID#440 “Sickle” – one of our lovely local females.

Best Wishes,

Charlie.