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Happy Birthday Kesslet !

WDC Adopt a Dolphin star “Kesslet” turns 21 years old this month. She was born in 1994 and sadly when she was only four years old her mother, Kess died. She is a great, resourceful character and in 2007 she gave birth to her first offspring, Charlie, who is on the left of the photo…

US Navy to better protect whales

A BIG win on the protection of whales from US military sonar will have knock-on effects for marine life throughout the worlds’ oceans. In the U.S. District Court’s District of Hawaii, a federal court settlement was ratified between Natural Resources Defence Council, other US environmental groups and the federal government to restrict and limit mid-frequency…

Twilight Walk at Scottish Dolphin Centre

As the sun began to set over the Scottish Dolphin Centre, an intrepid group of visitors joined us for our Twilight Walk at Spey Bay. The aim: to find and learn about some of the more mysterious creatures of the night! So I should probably start with a quick introduction as despite being here 3…

Ambergris: lucky, lucrative and legal?

A lot of people are intrigued by the current story of a dog walker discovering a lump of ambergris washed up on a beach on Anglesey, North Wales. We’ve been asked several times whether it is legal to remove this product from the beach and sell it. The answer, perhaps surprisingly, is yes (at least…

Sperm whales: keeping up with the Joneses

Keeping up with all the research published on whales and dolphins from around the world is a daunting task these days. There is now more research published every month on whales and dolphins than ever before.  This is good news for conservation, helping us to evolve better understanding about the complex lives of this fascinating…

Autumn Arrives in the Moray Firth

In the last week or two the air has had a distinct chill in it sometimes and nearly all the migratory salmon are being replaced by shoals of herring and mackerel. I was out at sea with my friends from Aberdeen University’s Lighthouse Field Station for a dolphin Photo ID trip recently and we had…