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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...

Earth Day Q&A with Waipapa Bay Wines’ marketing director, Fran Draper

We've been partnered with Waipapa Bay Wines since 2019 so for this year's Earth Day,...

HotSpots – A Round up of UK Summer Sightings

After a long cold winter and a record-breaking cold spring, the UK basked in sunshine and enjoyed one of the warmest summers on record; in fact it was the ninth warmest since records began in 1910. Many more people were out enjoying the sunshine all around the UK, so there were many more eyes on the sea to spot any whales and dolphins around our coasts. In fact we have had sightings from kayaks and canoes, catamarans and cliffs!

One of the highlights reported to us over the summer was a pod of Risso’s dolphins spotted off Bardsey Island in July. Justine Curgenven was kayaking across a flat calm, almost mirror like ocean, on a balmy sunny day, when the Risso’s dolphins crossed in front, and underneath, her kayak! She took some amazing footage, which can be seen in our blog of this amazing sighting.

Bottlenose dolphins were by far the species most regularly reported to us over the summer. Sightings ranged from the Isle of Jura in Scotland to Plymouth in the south of England. Many of the pods included juvenile animals, bow-riding next to boats alongside the adults.

We also received two separate sightings of solitary bottlenose dolphins at the mouth of the River Tamar in the Mayflower Marina, the other near Drake’s Island. From the photos that were provided with the sightings we were able to identify the individual as Georges II, which is a dolphin that is often spotted in the area.

Summer also saw a number of Orca sightings off the coast of Scotland, usually travelling in family groups, including one group that travelled alongside a boat for 15 minutes from Troop Head to Fraserburgh.

Harbour porpoises, common dolphins and minke whales have also been spotted around the UK, a couple of harbour porpoises were seen alongside a minke whale that was seen offshore from Embleton Bay, Northumberland.

There is so much to see out there so KEEP SPOTTING and sending us your sightings, photos and videos. Here’s how to tell us what you see

About Vicki James

Policy officer - Stop Whaling