Scotland

50 shades of grey – watching orcas in Scotland

Every year, people gather on cliff tops in the north of Scotland to watch out for orcas, some of whom come down from their winter herring-hunting grounds in Iceland on the look out for seals in the early Scottish summer. Run by the Sea Watch Foundation and supported by WDC, we call this event Orca Watch.

Wild dolphin crossbreeding in UK revealed by WDC

Shrinking dolphin populations in UK waters may be causing one species to mate with another according to WDC research.
 
WDC has recently released the first documented proof of hybridisation between wild dolphins in UK waters, where one species mates with a completely different species.

Scottish windfarms decision bad for marine mammals

WDC are supportive of efforts to reduce climate impacts and move away from the use of fossil fuels. However, the decision by Scottish Ministers today to consent these four offshore wind farms off the Forth and Tay on the east coast of Scotland will drive another nail in the coffin of the local harbour seal population.

Boat crews asked to keep distance from baby dolphin

WDC's field officer in Scotland, Charlie Phillips, has asked that sailors and crews of boats using Inverness ity harbour and marina, and the Kessock Channel, to proceed with caution and not to seek out a baby dolphin born in recent days.

This is a very vulnerable time for the young calf and loud noises from boats could scare dolphins and lead to the juvenile being separated from its mother, Kesslet.

Kesslet, one of WDC's adoption programme dolphins, already has a seven-year-old son, named Charlie who is often seen hunting in the Kessock Channel and in the Moray Firth.

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