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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

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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...
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...

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.