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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...

A Tasty Bite !

Migratory salmon are being caught more regularly now at Chanonry Point by the resident dolphins including some of the WDC Adopt a Dolphin stars but possibly the most famous dolphin that catches fish locally is lovely “Zephyr” as she often catches fish that are a little too big to be swallowed right away. What she does is regurgitate or spit the salmon back out again a few times and re-enters it in her mouth until she feels that it is positioned in her throat more comfortably then it goes down completely – the bigger the fish, the longer this can take and I have seen her with some really big fish taking nearly an hour to polish them off. Dolphins eat fish generally in one piece because its easier and safer to do it this way – if the fish broke into pieces then there would be bones sticking out which could be dangerous. These dolphins also have to eat as much as they can at one sitting as they don’t know if any more fish will be available on the next rising tide.