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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...

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 !