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Mindful conservation – why we need a new respect for nature

'We should look at whales and dolphins as the indigenous people of the seas -...
tins of whale meat

How Japan’s whaling industry is trying to convince people to eat whales

Japan's hunters kill hundreds of whales every year despite the fact that hardly anyone in...
Common dolphins © Christopher Swann

Did you know dolphins have personalities?

Kidzone - quick links Fun Facts Our Goals Curious kids Kids blogs Fantastic fundraisers Gallery...
Microplastics on beach

Blue whales and the menace of microplastics – how we’ll solve this problem

Our love affair with plastic began in the 1950s when it revolutionised manufacturing. But what...
A dolphin called Arnie with his shell.

Dolphins catch fish using giant shell tools

In Shark Bay, Australia, two groups of dolphins have figured out how to use tools...
Common dolphins at surface

Did you know that dolphins have unique personalities?

We all have personalities, and between the work Christmas party and your family get-together, perhaps...
Leaping harbour porpoise

The power of harbour porpoise poo

We know we need to save the whale to save the world. Now we are...
Holly. Image: Miray Campbell

Meet Holly, she’s an incredible orca leader

Let me tell you the story of an awe-inspiring orca with a fascinating family story...

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