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Bottlenose dolphins © Christopher Swann

On the anniversary of the massacre of 1,423 dolphins, what’s changed?

One year ago today, 1,423 Atlantic white-sided dolphins, including mothers with calves and pregnant females,...
Sperm whale (physeter macrocephalus) Gulf of California. The tail of a sperm whale.

To protect whales, we must stop ignoring the high seas

Almost two-thirds of the ocean, or 95% of the habitable space on Earth, are sloshing...
A dolphin plays in front of the WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre at Spey Bay

Sharing our Spey Bay stories – tell us yours

2022 is Scotland's Year of Stories, a year in which stories inspired by, created or...
Orcas in Australia

Did orcas help rescue entangled humpback whale?

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An orca named 'Hulk' off Caithness, Scotland

My amazing week watching orcas in Scotland

Orca Watch's 10th anniversary event in the far north of Scotland was exhilarating with a...

Faroes dolphin hunt review – disappointing is an understatement

I wasn't alone in hoping that substantial changes would be made as a result of...
Minke whale - V Mignon

We told them this would happen! Time to halt cruel whale experiments

An ill-conceived and so far ill-fated joint US/ Norwegian experiment to test minke whales' reaction...
Sponging dolphin in Shark Bay

Dolphins who catch fish with shells

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On Holiday Kesslet?

After not seeing any dolphin activity around the Inverness/Chanonry Point area for quite a while, I was getting a bit down in the dumps but then a phone call from Barbara Cheney at the Aberdeen University Lighthouse Field Station at Cromarty cheered me up – she had been watching WDC Adopt a Dolphin Kesslet, her baby and her big son Charlie in the Cromarty Firth at the end of January, not long after I had spotted them near the Kessock Channel but after that things went a bit quiet again.

In mid February I had a message from a photographer friend and whale and dolphin enthusiast that regularly watches out for whales and dolphins away up in the North coast near John O’Groats. Karen was very excited, as she had spotted Bottlenose dolphins swimming past near where she lives at Thurso, a first for her as she has seen other species here but not Bottlenoses. After looking at the photos for a split second I realised that the photos were of Kesslet and her baby – obviously away up North, further that we have ever known her to travel from her home area. Barbara agreed with me – definitely Kesslet and baby…wow. Photo by kind permission of Karen Munro – a great effort considering the long range and bad light. Lets hope that she decides to come back home soon !

About Charlie Phillips

Field officer - Adopt a Dolphin