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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...

Dolphin Sightings Update

Even although it was sunny at Chanonry Point this morning, it was a bitterly cold wind but I was happy anyway as I spotted two groups of dolphins travelling through the Chanonry Narrows – the 1.2km gap between the landmasses where the tides are so powerful. The dolphins were about halfway across the rough but blue water, and there was Adopt a Dolphin star Kesslet with her son Charlie plus Scoopy (called Flosse in Germany) and in the other group of dolphins Mischief, another of our adoption dolphins was leading a group with Zephyr and her baby, Bonnie and her young son, plus a nice big lad called Denoozydenzy and a young female called Honey so around ten dolphins in total. I was even happier to be able to get photos, even at that distance –  and be able to identify the dolphins through their dorsal fin shapes and markings – a scientific technique called “mark recapture” – the essence of Photo Identification or Photo ID for short.

About Charlie Phillips

Field officer - Adopt a Dolphin