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Familiar Fins, New Faces and Bizarre Encounters … !!

Ask anyone and they’ll tell you that Scotland has been having a dismal summer this year, low temperatures and rain and wind galore. The weather however isn’t going to stop our dolphins go about their daily business and so we returned (even more determined than ever) to our field site on the Isle of Lewis…

Let's Get Creative!

Red is often a colour associated with danger or concern, but here at the Dolphin Centre when we see a “Red Day” on our rota, the opposite is true. That’s because a red day means activity day – for one whole day we get to put our creative minds to good use and hang out…

We Have Big Bottlenose Dolphins In Scotland

When you are studying dolphins all the time you can become a little complacent and it sometimes takes a visitors comments to make you remember a) how lucky you are and b) just how big these dolphins appear to be. I was very fortunate recently that my friend Sarah who runs a wildlife tour boat…

Happy ending for Nettie the humpback entangled off Iceland

Image credit: Elding Whale Watching, Reykjavik The recent rescue of an entangled humpback whale in Faxafloi Bay, off Reykjavik, Iceland, gives us both hope – and pause for thought – for the future of these majestic creatures.  The badly-entangled whale was first spotted in the Bay on July 30th and, as I reported in an…

More orcas captured in the Okhotsk Sea, Russia—When will it stop?

Three orcas (killer whales) have been captured in the Okhotsk Sea in the Russian Far East, according to sources at the Far East Russia Orca Project (FEROP). The first one, captured in early July, was moved through Sakhalinsky Bay on July 15, 2015. Since then, two more have been captured, also thought to have been caught in…

The mystery of dolphins & breaching

The bottlenose dolphin is possibly the most socially active of the dolphin species that we get in the chilly waters of the Moray Firth and North East Coast of Scotland and many people that visit this area want to see the dolphins doing one thing – breaching or jumping clear out of the water. This…