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Some seal haul out sites to be protected around Scotland

Just days after a Westminster environmental committee criticised the UK Government for delays in designating and properly managing MPAs in English waters, Marine Scotland has announced measures to better protect seals at 194 haul out sites around the Scottish coastline. WDC welcomes measures to better protect grey and harbour seals around Scotland, and especially because…

News from the North

News from the North: Despite heavy criticism, Canada has officially announced approval for the Northern Gateway pipeline, the Canadian equivalent of the much debated, much delayed Keystone XL pipeline here in the U.S.  Environmental concerns over the development of the two pipelines are similar – damage from extraction and transport, the potential for catastrophic oil…

Summer Season Gets Under Way At The Scottish Dolphin Centre- Meet Our New Recruits

We have two new arrivals here at the Scottish Dolphin Centre for the summer season. They have been here for a few weeks now so it is about time that they introduced themselves… Hi All, My name is Rebecca and I have taken on an exciting new position here at Spey Bay as Membership Development…

That Looks a Tasty Snack Rainbow !

Hi Everyone, Rainbow and her two year old calf paid us a visit at Chanonry Point the other day. They arrived with some other local dolphins including Mischief and almost right away good old Rainbow grabs a very nice salmon and heads away with her youngster to get peace and quiet to eat it. You…

New (or should that be old?) species of whale discovered in California

US palaeontologists studying fossils recovered from the San Diego Formation in California have described a new species of baleen whale that would have lived between 3.5 and 2.5 million years ago.  Until now, the genus Herpetocetus (a genus of now extinct dwarf baleen whales) contained four recognised species, this new specimen – known as Herpetocetus…

HotSpots – A Round Up of Recent UK Sightings

Some lucky (and hardy!) individuals reported some remarkable whale and dolphin sightings in UK waters during this last winter and spring. Harbour porpoise, bottlenose dolphins, white beaked dolphins and even a pod of orcas were spotted in the waters off Scotland and northern England between December 2013 and May 2014. Harbour porpoise numbering three in…