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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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A Tasty Bite !

Migratory salmon are being caught more regularly now at Chanonry Point by the resident dolphins including some of the WDC Adopt a Dolphin stars but possibly the most famous dolphin that catches fish locally is lovely “Zephyr” as she often catches fish that are a little too big to be swallowed right away. What she does is regurgitate or spit the salmon back out again a few times and re-enters it in her mouth until she feels that it is positioned in her throat more comfortably then it goes down completely – the bigger the fish, the longer this can take and I have seen her with some really big fish taking nearly an hour to polish them off. Dolphins eat fish generally in one piece because its easier and safer to do it this way – if the fish broke into pieces then there would be bones sticking out which could be dangerous. These dolphins also have to eat as much as they can at one sitting as they don’t know if any more fish will be available on the next rising tide.

About Charlie Phillips

Field officer - Adopt a Dolphin