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Lights..Camera's..

Hi Everyone, I was out at sea doing a bit of filming about our dolphins with Timeline Films for their “Grand Tours of Scotland” programme, presented by film-maker and historian Paul Murton. It was a grey start to the day at 8am but almost right away on leaving Avoch Harbour with Dolphin Trips Avoch (whose…

Scoopy..That Was SO Funny !

Hi Everyone, I was round at Chanonry on Sunday and despite being a lovely, sunny day it was bitterly cold with a biting northerly wind. What made it eventually worthwhile (the dolphins took ages to arrive), apart from seeing Rainbow and about six others was Scoopy playing with a big stem of holdfast seaweed. He…

Eye Eye Rainbow…

Hi Everyone, It was a bit grey and rainy at Chanonry yesterday, however Rainbow took me by surprise and popped her head up SO close to the shore that I could not get all her head into the frame ! ©WDCS/Charlie Phillips She was looking right at me, I wonder what she thought of this…

Dolphin social networks are unusually open

In March 2012 the New Scientist reported on research in Shark Bay Western Australia which shows that male bottlenose dolphins in this area cooperate in groups of two or three. These smaller groups also link with others to form ‘gangs’ of up to 14 males and these ‘gangs’ can sometimes also coalesce to form even larger…

Who could own a whale?

When a sick or injured animal is taken into captivity so that we might help them rehabilitate to full health so that they can eventually be released back into the wild, do the humans who have taken on the role of ‘looking after’ that individual then ‘own’ them and who gets to decide on that individual’s…

"Iceberg" - the white orca

THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG: Unravelling the secrets of orcas and other whales in Russia

The extraordinary beauty and charisma of an all-white mature bull orca, cracking the wild and windy waters of the Russian Far East, is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of appreciating the extraordinary diversity of life here. The wonders abound: More volcanoes than anywhere on Earth; six different species of salmon; marine bird…