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Recent Sightings at Spey Bay

Three months in and still seeing something new every week! Most evidence of winter has now disappeared and has been replaced with lush green trees and plants. Quite a different scene to when we first arrived back in February. We have been enjoying the warmer and lighter evenings, going for walks and having fires on…

What makes a great visitor experience?

As manager of the Scottish Dolphin Centre, I have good reason to ponder this question. It came up again this week as we were awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, an accolade given to establishments who consistently get a high number of outstanding reviews. What strikes me as interesting is that many of our reviewers…

WTO rules that animal welfare trumps trade

On Thursday, 22nd May 2014, the World Trade Organisation upheld  the European Union’s ban on the import of seal pelts, oil and meat on moral grounds. Canada and Norway had previously challenged the ban. The fundamental point of this ruling is that trade issues cannot trump concerns over animal welfare and conservation. The ruling comes…

Rare beluga skull found on Scottish beach

A rare find that washed up on a Scottish beach on 5th May was formally identified at the National Museum of Scotland this week. A beluga skull was found at Lunan Bay in Angus, south of Montrose on the east coast. Determining a cause of death from the skull alone is unlikely. This was a…

Go Get ’Em Moonlight !

Hi Everyone, The dolphins are starting to (eventually) come into Chanonry Point on the hunt for some salmon. You can just make out in the photo below a smallish fish being flicked up in the air by Moonlight – just a tasty snack really when you compare them to the monsters that she normally catches…

SeaWorld’s “science” partner?

SeaWorld will likely counter the claim that they are not conducting science by noting their association with Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI). Founded back in 1963 with their mission statement being “to return to the sea some measure of the benefits derived from it”, it was time to look a bit more closely at what…