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Fishers' involvement is crucial. Image: WDC/JTF

When porpoises and people overlap

We're funding a project in Hong Kong that's working with fishing communities to help save...

Mindful conservation – why we need a new respect for nature

'We should look at whales and dolphins as the indigenous people of the seas -...
A dolphin called Arnie with a shell

Dolphins catch fish using giant shell tools

In Shark Bay, Australia, two groups of dolphins have figured out how to use tools...
Common dolphins at surface

Did you know that dolphins have unique personalities?

We all have personalities, and between the work Christmas party and your family get-together, perhaps...
Leaping harbour porpoise

The power of harbour porpoise poo

We know we need to save the whale to save the world. Now we are...
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...

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 !