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Did you know that dolphins have unique personalities?

We all have personalities, and between the work Christmas party and your family get-together, perhaps you notice them even more at this time of year! It’s not so different for dolphins – each dolphin has a different character and role in their pod.  Dolphins are intelligent and self-aware, and they clearly enjoy being together. They…

Leaping harbour porpoise

The power of harbour porpoise poo

We know we need to save the whale to save the world. Now we are funding a pioneering project that’s proving that porpoises are our underwater climate allies too. We are uncovering more and more evidence showing how essential whales are for a healthy marine ecosystem. They are helping us to fight the climate and…

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 … and then maybe you’d like to adopt her for someone you love this Christmas.  Holly has a wonderfully seasonal name, but it’s actually just one of three names she is known by. She was one of the first whales…

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 sea, about whales, about conservation. I’ve seen how fiction and non-fiction can inspire and move and I’ve come to believe that these forms are not so different, that when it comes to the next chapter of whale conservation, it is…

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 helps us argue for their protection. Every time I step onto these islands, I have a feeling of excited anticipation about what this Risso’s research field season is going to bring. WDC started our Isle of Lewis (and Harris) project…

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 many species, but fewer whales means fewer carcasses and that’s bad news. It may seem strange to talk about the benefit of dead whales, but even in death whales are a vital part of healthy ecosystems, and not just marine…