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Mindful conservation – why we need a new respect for nature

'We should look at whales and dolphins as the indigenous people of the seas -...
tins of whale meat

How Japan’s whaling industry is trying to convince people to eat whales

Japan's hunters kill hundreds of whales every year despite the fact that hardly anyone in...
Common dolphins © Christopher Swann

Did you know dolphins have personalities?

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Microplastics on beach

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A dolphin called Arnie with his shell.

Dolphins catch fish using giant shell tools

In Shark Bay, Australia, two groups of dolphins have figured out how to use tools...
Common dolphins at surface

Did you know that dolphins have unique personalities?

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Leaping harbour porpoise

The power of harbour porpoise poo

We know we need to save the whale to save the world. Now we are...
Holly. Image: Miray Campbell

Meet Holly, she’s an incredible orca leader

Let me tell you the story of an awe-inspiring orca with a fascinating family story...

Small fish in a BIG pond 2?!

With less than a week before I attempt to swim a mile in the open water of the North Sea; I’m hoping I have done enough to get me to the finish line! The last few weeks have flown by here at the Scottish Dolphin Centre, with lots of visitors coming to see the amazing wildlife we have at Spey Bay. It’s been fantastic to see so many people excited about watching out for whales and dolphins and we have been rewarded with some truly fabulous sightings!! Including glimpses of some very tiny calves!

The window of opportunity to get out in the open water has not been as much as I had hoped but I’ve been having regular trips to the pool and enjoying jogs out on the reserve; which has helped tremendously with my species ID! Despite the odd occasion of a tender calf muscle, I have been on the whole more than happy with the results of all this exercise. I hope I will be spurred on to keep it up after!

I’m really looking forward to getting out there in the water and up against the elements. It’s going to be a fantastic day with lots of people taking part; some even brave enough to swim without a wetsuit! I will, however be more than happy if I complete the swim and manage to raise some money for WDC (https://www.justgiving.com/ruthclark). I am very grateful for all the support and well-wishing I have received so far. I will keep you informed as to the outcome of the day!!  Wish me luck!

About George Berry

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