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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...

Wild Weather…

The autumn gales are making the seas around the Black Isle very rough and not very comfortable to be on for us humans – but the resident dolphins don’t mind rough seas, a few feet under the surface it is a much more serene world than the spray filled upper surface. In the photo below you can see WDC Adopt a Dolphin star “Rainbow” in the Cromarty Firth with a very rough blue sea and part of a parked oil rig in the background. I spent a challenging hour or two out on a boat getting photos of the dolphins in less than ideal conditions but it was well worth it and wonderful to watch the dolphins surfing and powering their way through the waves.

About Charlie Phillips

Field officer - Adopt a Dolphin