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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...

Lifting The Spirits

While out on an unplanned and unexpected boat trip last Sunday I was really pleased to see a group of dolphins heading west past Hopeman on the Moray Firth coast. As we got a little closer in the grey and rough sea I realised that I could see a few familiar dorsal fins belonging to some of the female dolphins that I know pretty well and sure enough there was “Sickle” and “Lilith” plus some youngsters and wedged tightly in amongst them was WDC Adopt a Dolphin “Spirit” who I haven’t managed to see yet this season so I was very pleased – frustratingly I just couldn’t manage to get a decent dorsal fin shot amongst all the spray but in the photo below Spirit is the dolphin surfacing to breathe nearest the camera with her friend “Sickle” to her left. Now that I am happy that I have seen her hopefully I will get to see much more of her over the summer nearer to home around Cromarty and Chanonry Point.

About Charlie Phillips

Field officer - Adopt a Dolphin