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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...
Risso's dolphin © Andy Knight

We’re getting to know Risso’s dolphins in Scotland so we can protect them

Citizen scientists in Scotland are helping us better understand Risso's dolphins by sending us their...
Pilot whales pooing © Christopher Swann

Talking crap and carcasses to protect our planet

We know we need to save the whale to save the world because they are...
Fin whales are targeted by Icelandic whalers

Speaking truth to power – my week giving whales a voice

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting is where governments come together to make decisions about whaling...

Why do whales and dolphins strand on beaches?

People often ask me 'why' whales and dolphins do one thing or another.  I'm a...
A spinner dolphin leaping © Andrew Sutton/Eco2

Head in a spin – my incredible spinner dolphin encounter

Sri Lanka is home to at least 30 species of whales and dolphins, from the...
Sperm whale (physeter macrocephalus) Gulf of California. The tail of a sperm whale.

To protect whales, we must stop ignoring the high seas

Almost two-thirds of the ocean, or 95% of the habitable space on Earth, are sloshing...
WDC team at UN Ocean conference

Give the ocean a chance – our message from the UN Ocean Conference

I'm looking out over the River Tejo in Lisbon, Portugal, reflecting on the astounding resilience...

On Holiday Kesslet?

After not seeing any dolphin activity around the Inverness/Chanonry Point area for quite a while, I was getting a bit down in the dumps but then a phone call from Barbara Cheney at the Aberdeen University Lighthouse Field Station at Cromarty cheered me up – she had been watching WDC Adopt a Dolphin Kesslet, her baby and her big son Charlie in the Cromarty Firth at the end of January, not long after I had spotted them near the Kessock Channel but after that things went a bit quiet again.

In mid February I had a message from a photographer friend and whale and dolphin enthusiast that regularly watches out for whales and dolphins away up in the North coast near John O’Groats. Karen was very excited, as she had spotted Bottlenose dolphins swimming past near where she lives at Thurso, a first for her as she has seen other species here but not Bottlenoses. After looking at the photos for a split second I realised that the photos were of Kesslet and her baby – obviously away up North, further that we have ever known her to travel from her home area. Barbara agreed with me – definitely Kesslet and baby…wow. Photo by kind permission of Karen Munro – a great effort considering the long range and bad light. Lets hope that she decides to come back home soon !