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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...

We Have Big Bottlenose Dolphins In Scotland

When you are studying dolphins all the time you can become a little complacent and it sometimes takes a visitors comments to make you remember a) how lucky you are and b) just how big these dolphins appear to be. I was very fortunate recently that my friend Sarah who runs a wildlife tour boat business Ecoventures invited me out on a series of trips up near the Cromarty Firth as my sightings had been very poor around Chanonry Point. Her sightings of local dolphins had been much better and sure enough, it wasn’t long before we encountered one of the big males and adopt a dolphin “Mischief” who came right up to the boat and he reminded me just what a huge, bulky dolphin he is comparing his size against the length and breadth of the boat I was on.

It was interesting to listen to the other passengers comments as he came right behind us and then right alongside, letting us see his possibly four metres length and five hundred kilo bulk – he certainly made quite an impression !