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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...
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...
Mykines Lighthouse, Faroe Islands

Understanding whale and dolphin hunts in the Faroe Islands – why change is not easy

Most people in my home country of the Faroe Islands would like to see an...

Dolphin scientists look like you and me – citizen science in action

Our amazing volunteers have looked out for dolphins from the shores of Scotland more than...
Atlantic white-sided dolphins

The Faroes dolphin slaughter that sparked an outcry now brings hope

Since the slaughter of at least 1,423 Atlantic white-sided dolphins at Skálafjørður in my home...

Farewell To An Old Friend…

Hi Everyone,

I meet thousands of people every year who come here to watch dolphins and out of the crowd there are always a few people who stand out. Christine Duggan (in the photo below) her Mum Jean and her Dad John have been coming up here to the Moray Firth ever since I started working at the Dolphin & Seal Centre at North Kessock in the mid 1990’s – indeed they were my very first visitors through the door. The Duggan family have been huge (and very long time) supporters of WDC – way back when the (WDCS) Adopt a Dolphin programme had Sundance first appearing as a young calf with the orangey yellow blotch on his dorsal fin that gave him his name and Christine adopted him right away, later adding Kesslet to her dolphin “family”.

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Very sadly Christine died earlier this year from a brain tumour that recurred after twenty years and I was proud to know her, be her friend and keep in touch about the dolphins over much of that period. I will miss her passion for the welfare of the dolphins, the many, many laughs that we have had together over the years and the way that her and Jean would grab a big bag and do impromptu beach cleans wherever they went. Sadly Jean passed away this year too so our thoughts at WDC are with John Duggan at this very sad time.

Charlie.