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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.

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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

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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

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The Life of Riley, A WDC Shorewatch dog

He’s lost the plot. My poor human has lost the plot. 10 days in Englandshire without seeing whales and dolphins have broken him.

It all started when he went on BookFace. He saw that my friends the WDC Shorewatchers have been seeing dolphins and many lots of different types of whales. New volunteers, Mark and Bella plus veterans David, Carol and Adele are seeing the world famous Moray Firth bottlenose dolphins whilst fin whales, humpback whales, minke whales and even a northern bottlenose whale are being seen from Tiumpan Head on the Isle of Lewis! It’s amazing what you can see when you do Shorewatch and because there’s a good network of watchers all around Scotland, it means that you find out what everyone else is seeing and can maybe go and see the animals yourselves. I’ve been on many lots of Shorewatch adventures all over Scotland and we’ve always met cool stick throwers and seen amazing animals.

So when my human decided that we’d go to see whales somewhere outside Scotland, I got all excited. He was going on about seeing ‘north whales’ which is a species I’ve never even heard of and drove us to this really scary place where, according to all the signs, Dragons live! I wouldn’t want to be one of the sheep that live there!

 

It was really strange because we stopped at the side of a road to look at whales. I couldn’t even see the sea let alone a whale?! Everyone knows that whales live in the sea and not on land and yet my human was even taking photos?! Like I said, the poor human has lost it but I always do my best to make him happy. So I just stood there in the rain pretending to look at north whales just to keep him happy. It was a good job I had my frisbee in my mouth though as otherwise I’d  have had a tough job to bite my tongue. I’d better get him back to Scotland quickly!

 

If you would like to help protect whales and dolphins around Scotland then contact Katie on [email protected] She can give you more information on where you can join our friendly network of volunteers to help Whale and Dolphin Conservation watch out for whales and dolphins and keep them swimming wild and free.