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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...

My Office Is Getting Quieter…

The sightings of the resident Bottlenose dolphins around the peninsula called Chanonry Point – the place that I call my “office”, are getting fewer every week now as the majority of dolphins, including many of the dolphins on the WDC Adopt A Dolphin programme frequent the more outer reaches of this esturine type area of the Inner Moray Firth, where the tides are not quite as fast and powerful as the narrow gaps between the land masses like the Chanonry Narrows and the Kessock Channel. This more “open sea” environment is more difficult to observe at long range as an observer you are at the mercy of the weather and the visibility on any given moment. From now on, the calm water and blue sea (as in the photo below) gives way to grey, rougher conditions.

During the winter months however, the weather can clear up and distant dorsal fins can come into view and then my “office” can suddenly get a bit busier again for a while.