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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...
Kiska the orca

Real stories from the dark side of captivity

Since we launched our campaign, we've been talking a lot about what a dark place...

Close Encounters…

I had a wonderful day recently out at sea onboard Aberdeen University‘s research boat. We covered a lot of area before thankfully coming across some of the local Bottlenose dolphins, including the lovely female called Spirit, one of the WDC Adopt a Dolphins who had her two year old calf with her and was in amongst a fair sized group of Mum & youngster pairs. I haven’t been lucky enough to have seen Spirit up as close as this for a long while, only far in the distance and it was great to see how healthy both her and and her youngster were looking – all that feeding on the shoals of mackerel obviously agreeing with them! You can Adopt Spirit and five other members of the population.

About Charlie Phillips

Field officer - Adopt a Dolphin