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Humpback whale. Image: Christopher Swann

A story about whales and humans

As well as working for WDC, I write books for young people. Stories; about the...
Risso's dolphin at surface

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...

Autumn Arrives in the Moray Firth

In the last week or two the air has had a distinct chill in it sometimes and nearly all the migratory salmon are being replaced by shoals of herring and mackerel. I was out at sea with my friends from Aberdeen University’s Lighthouse Field Station for a dolphin Photo ID trip recently and we had to spend a long time finding any dolphins to photograph but when we did we came across nearly quarter of the entire population. There were dolphins of all sizes, from tiny babies right up to fully grown adults – like the two in the photo below, ID#818 and ID#990 having a social session not far from the boat.

It is always lovely to come across new baby dolphins and we had around four recorded over the course of the day that we already knew about but we came across another neonate (newborn) and can’t seem to recognise the mum – oh I love puzzles!

About Charlie Phillips

Field officer - Adopt a Dolphin