At the end of May WDC, its Shorewatch volunteers and our friends at the Sea Watch Foundation attended the annual Orca Watch week in Caithness, Scotland.
I’m delighted to introduce our third guest blog from supporter, Oliver Dirr, who has been travelling round the world, watching whales and sharing his best experiences with us! Read on for his account of the ten things he and his wife learned on their trip to Greenland.
Most people assume dolphins live in the sea. But there is a small, less well-known group that can live hundreds of miles from the coast, swimming in freshwater rivers and lakes. The Amazon River dolphins of South America, also known as botos, are a flagship species and a symbol of the huge range of wildlife in the rainforests.
Recently launched on YouTube, Jonny Meah’s short documentary, Inside the Tanks, presents a balance of views on the keeping of whales and dolphins in cap
The local dolphins are a bit scattered around the Inner Moray Firth just now trying to find the best places to find food as the migratory salmon run is a bit sporadic, but thankfully there is enough to go round and not long ago I had the pleasure of Moonlight popping right up in front of me and not far away was her lovely son (who should be getting a nice name soon) and they were joining in hu
In line with their partnership with WDC, Off the Map Travel have now started sending information on how to avoid whale meat to all of their customers.
Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to encounter blue whales off the coast of Mirissa, Sri Lanka. WDC has been active in the region since 2012, giving workshops to whale watching operators on the ground as part of our Project BLUEprint initiative.
The WDC Shorewatch team have been recording some really exciting sightings: pygmy sperm whales from the Western Isles, sperm whales from the Moray Coast and orca from the North coast; but why does all this data matter?
Update by Anna Inman
Thanks to all Shorewatchers who took part in another exciting Big Watch Weekend!