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Shorewatch’s Big Watch Weekend at the Scottish Dolphin Centre

Here at the Scottish Dolphin Centre we are putting together the final arrangements for our Shorewatch programme’s annual Big Watch Weekend. A weekend where all our volunteers pull together to conduct as many Shorewatches as possible! This data will give us an in-depth look at what the whales and dolphins are doing around the Scottish…

Sundance Gets Nicked Again…

Hi Everyone, No – Sundance hasn’t been breaking the law, don’t worry… what I actually mean is that the big guy has picked up a new nip out of the skin at the rear edge of his dorsal fin about halfway down. It is tiny, but it is there and an important reminder why we…

Official poll reveals growing opposition to orca captivity in US

WDC, along with the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), recently commissioned an independent scientific public opinion poll gauging public attitudes regarding the confinement of orcas in captivity. This poll querying over 1000 Americans and conducted in early May, reveals a double-digit increase in opposition to this practice, up 11% from the same poll conducted at about the…

Reflecting on the Faroese Pilot Whale Hunt

The following a personal reflection on the Faroese pilot whale hunt and I realise that the views expressed may not be shared by all, however, having read a recent articulate defence of the hunt by Elin Brimheim Heinesen I thought I would share some of my own thoughts. You may not agree with everything I say, but…

Blue whale blues

Every whale death is a tragedy, but a dead blue whale is a big loss in every sense of the word. A young blue whale – its beauty and future potential cruelly extinguished – is arguably the greatest loss of all.  I was really concerned, then, to hear a few days ago of another blue…

Chaaarge !

Hi Everyone, The picture below shows big Mischief belting after a salmon at full throttle… Thankfully the salmon are running in reasonable enough numbers to keep huge dolphins like Mischief fed…a 500 kilo dolphin takes a LOT of feeding ! Best Wishes, Charlie.