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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...
Orca (ID171) breaches off the coast of Scotland © Steve Truluck.

Watching whales and dolphins in the wild can be life changing

Whales and dolphins are too intelligent, too large and too mobile to ever thrive in...

Hong Kong dolphin found with horrific injuries!

A seriously injured dolphin has been spotted swimming in the waters off Lantau Island, Hong Kong. The individual is thought to have been struck by the propellor of an outboard engine and the resulting injuries are painful even to look at let alone for the dolphin itself. Deep gashes run the length of the dolphin’s body with the tail fluke almost completely severed from the rest of the body.

Photos courtesy of HongKongDolphinWatch

Despite this, researchers who spotted and subsequently assessed the dolphin, say that the individual appears to be coping as it was seen swimming, rolling around and even feeding on fish at the surface.

Although some people may call for human intervention, currently the best course of action would be to leave the dolphin alone, let it deal with its injuries and keep any additional stress to an absolute minimum. Continued monitoring of the situation will be important.

Chinese white dolphins in the waters of Hong Kong face a multitude of threats, possibly more than any other coastal dolphin worldwide and with a figure of around 62 individuals, the loss of even one dolphin could be disastrous for the population.

Footage courtesy of Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society


About Nicola Hodgins

Policy Manager at WDC