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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

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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

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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,...
Orcas at the seabed

The secrets of orca beach life

Rubbing on smooth pebbles is a generations-old cultural tradition for a particular group of orcas...

Dolphin delights at Bardsey Island

Earlier this year we were back in North Wales, at Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli), undertaking our fieldwork into the Risso’s dolphins that make Bardsey their home during the summer and autumn months.  

We had a fantastic field season this year with one of our best ever encounters, we had more than 30 Risso’s dolphins that were feeding and foraging around the boat for a couple of hours. You can read all about our survey work this year in our fieldwork blog.

We took over 1000 pictures and videos during this encounter, and have just finished putting the best video clips together to highlight the amazing encounter we had, some of it we had to slow down as they were so fast! You can watch the video below.

Bardsey Island is not only home to Risso’s dolphins, we regularly see harbour porpoises, bottlenose dolphins and sometimes common dolphins amongst others. In 2012 we headed out on a boat after seeing lots of fins and surface activity in the distance, we came across a group of common dolphins as they were feeding. They were leaping out of the water, surface rushing and coming close to the boat to bow ride. The video below includes the highlights from that encounter.

Read all about our Bardsey Island fieldwork, and why we study the Risso’s dolphins in particular .

About Vicki James

Policy officer - Stop Whaling