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Humpback whale underwater

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Black Sea common dolphins © Elena Gladilina

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Minke whale © Ursula Tscherter - ORES

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Boto © Fernando Trujillo

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Tokitae in captivity

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Orcas at the seabed

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My Office Is Getting Quieter…

The sightings of the resident Bottlenose dolphins around the peninsula called Chanonry Point – the place that I call my “office”, are getting fewer every week now as the majority of dolphins, including many of the dolphins on the WDC Adopt A Dolphin programme frequent the more outer reaches of this esturine type area of the Inner Moray Firth, where the tides are not quite as fast and powerful as the narrow gaps between the land masses like the Chanonry Narrows and the Kessock Channel. This more “open sea” environment is more difficult to observe at long range as an observer you are at the mercy of the weather and the visibility on any given moment. From now on, the calm water and blue sea (as in the photo below) gives way to grey, rougher conditions.

During the winter months however, the weather can clear up and distant dorsal fins can come into view and then my “office” can suddenly get a bit busier again for a while.

About Charlie Phillips

Field officer - Adopt a Dolphin