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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...
We need whale poo 📷 WDC NA

Whales are our climate allies – meet the scientists busy proving it

At Whale and Dolphin Conservation, we're working hard to bring whales and the ocean into...
Humpback whale underwater

Climate giants – how whales can help save the world

We know that whales, dolphins and porpoises are amazing beings with complex social and family...
Black Sea common dolphins © Elena Gladilina

The dolphin and porpoise casualties of the war in Ukraine

Rare, threatened subspecies of dolphins and porpoises live in the Black Sea along Ukraine's coast....
WDC's Ed Fox, Chris Butler-Stroud and Carla Boreham take a message from the ocean to parliament

Taking a message from the ocean to parliament

It's a sad fact that whales and dolphins don't vote in human elections, but I...
Minke whale © Ursula Tscherter - ORES

The whale trappers are back with their cruel experiment

Anyone walking past my window might have heard my groan of disbelief at the news...
Boto © Fernando Trujillo

Meet the legendary pink river dolphins

Botos don't look or live like other dolphins. Flamingo-pink all over with super-skinny snouts and...
Tokitae in captivity

Talking to TUI – will they stop supporting whale and dolphin captivity?

Last Thursday I travelled to Berlin for a long-anticipated meeting with TUI senior executives. I...

Small fish in a BIG pond?!

So there is no going back now! I’ve just entered myself into the Banff Bay swim; a challenge against nature’s elements, swimming across the Bay that spans the mouth of the river Deveron, in the north east of Scotland. Starting at the lighthouse in Banff, I will be (hopefully) optimising the effects of any wind, swell, river current and the more advantageous tidal current to reach the Lighthouse at Macduff, approx. 1500m away. It’s going to be a challenge that’s for sure, but that’s the idea right?! I’ve never done an outdoor swim before, (I’m guessing splash about in the shallows doesn’t really count) and it’s going to be a lot tougher than the safe haven of a 25 meter pool, with neatly spaced lanes and crystal clear water!

I will of course be raising money for charity (https://www.justgiving.com/ruthclark) and all proceeds are going to WDC. As a residential volunteer at the Scottish Dolphin Centre, it’s amazing to be part of the fantastic work they do here to protect whales and Dolphins, and I hope this challenge will help them to continue raising awareness of these fantastic creatures.

Let the training commence!!! Stay tuned for the next big splash!…..

About George Berry

George is a member of WDC's Communications team and website coordinator.