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Humpback whale. Image: Christopher Swann

A story about whales and humans

As well as working for WDC, I write books for young people. Stories; about the...
Risso's dolphin at surface

My lucky number – 13 years studying amazing Risso’s dolphins

Everything we learn about the Risso's dolphins off the coast of Scotland amazes us and...
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 whale (balaenoptera physalus) Three fin whales Gulf of California.

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...

Tantalising Glimpses…

Hi Everyone,

It’s nice to be out in the fresh air looking for dolphins again and yes – there are signs of movement. A friend of mine that lives at Chanonry spotted some dolphins in the distance the day after I saw Kesslet, Charlie and Scoopy and he said that there were more than three…encouraging stuff ! It’s always difficult to judge, especially in windy conditions like in the photo below, whether that really is a dolphin or two (in this case it is two dolphins) or maybe it’s just a big wave getting caught by the wind and looking like the splash that a dolphin would make.

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©WDC/Charlie Phillips

It can be like watching any type of wildlife, you can eventually “train” your eyes to see the exact species that you are looking for as once you have seen, say your first Golden Eagle, it will be much easier to see them in the future instead of getting them mixed up with other species.

Best Wishes,

Charlie.

About Charlie Phillips

Field officer - Adopt a Dolphin