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Minke whale © Ursula Tscherter - ORES

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Fin whale

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Mykines Lighthouse, Faroe Islands

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Atlantic white-sided dolphins

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Fin whale

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The Life of Riley, A WDC Shorewatch dog

He’s lost the plot. My poor human has lost the plot. 10 days in Englandshire without seeing whales and dolphins have broken him.

It all started when he went on BookFace. He saw that my friends the WDC Shorewatchers have been seeing dolphins and many lots of different types of whales. New volunteers, Mark and Bella plus veterans David, Carol and Adele are seeing the world famous Moray Firth bottlenose dolphins whilst fin whales, humpback whales, minke whales and even a northern bottlenose whale are being seen from Tiumpan Head on the Isle of Lewis! It’s amazing what you can see when you do Shorewatch and because there’s a good network of watchers all around Scotland, it means that you find out what everyone else is seeing and can maybe go and see the animals yourselves. I’ve been on many lots of Shorewatch adventures all over Scotland and we’ve always met cool stick throwers and seen amazing animals.

So when my human decided that we’d go to see whales somewhere outside Scotland, I got all excited. He was going on about seeing ‘north whales’ which is a species I’ve never even heard of and drove us to this really scary place where, according to all the signs, Dragons live! I wouldn’t want to be one of the sheep that live there!

 

It was really strange because we stopped at the side of a road to look at whales. I couldn’t even see the sea let alone a whale?! Everyone knows that whales live in the sea and not on land and yet my human was even taking photos?! Like I said, the poor human has lost it but I always do my best to make him happy. So I just stood there in the rain pretending to look at north whales just to keep him happy. It was a good job I had my frisbee in my mouth though as otherwise I’d  have had a tough job to bite my tongue. I’d better get him back to Scotland quickly!

 

If you would like to help protect whales and dolphins around Scotland then contact Katie on katie.dyke@whales.org She can give you more information on where you can join our friendly network of volunteers to help Whale and Dolphin Conservation watch out for whales and dolphins and keep them swimming wild and free.