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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.

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...

Up To Mischief…

It was lovely to see two of the WDC Adoption dolphins – Moonlight and Mischief – in close to the beach at Chanonry Point yesterday and despite the strong and very cold North-Easterly wind the light was lovely and good for photography, great for picking out fine details on the dorsal fins of the dolphins – this is how we identify individuals and big Mischief is more easily identified than most with the big, partially fused cut at the base of his fin and scratches and marks not just on his fin but on his head. One comment on a Facebook post suggested it looks like Mischief has had a tattoo ! Whatever he was doing yesterday he certainly had a glint in his eye and looked as though he was up to something – no wonder he’s called Mischief. 

About Charlie Phillips

Field officer - Adopt a Dolphin