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The Calm Before The Storm…

Hi Everyone, Although I’m well used to the changeable weather up here in the Highlands of Scotland it’s difficult to get my head round how last Friday I was photographing dolphins that looked as though they were swimming in deep blue liquid glass, like in the photo below… ©WDCS/Charlie Phillips …and then for the previous…

(c) WDCS / Nicola Hodgins

Every storm cloud has a silvery lining….

It’s been a challenging few weeks as we have been subjected to gale force wind … wind … and even more wind. But it’s when times are the toughest that the gems sparkle the brightest and we have had some real corkers in the small weather windows available to us! In an earlier blog we…

Stop Playing With Your Food Mischief !

Hi Everyone, I had a fantastic Photo ID trip with my friends from Aberdeen University’s Lighthouse Field Station yesterday. We eventually saw about 50 dolphins in total, spread out all the way to Nairn along the coast and Spirit and her baby plus Mischief were among the first dolphins that we encountered. Spirit and her…

Judge authorizes Navy to build training range next to endangered right whale calving habitat

There is a saying that the sword of justice is swift and sharp.  In this case, it wasn’t so quick, but it is certainly sharp.  Last week, a judge denied our legal challenge over the construction of a $100 million dollar Undersea Warfare Training Site off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida, the only known calving…

Ready For Take Off…

Hi Everyone, The dolphin sightings are a bit low at the moment and not just because of the terrible weather – the only dolphins I’ve seen recently have been Sundance, Zephyr and Breeze and they are not staying for long at Chanonry, normally all I see of them is the back of their dorsal fins…

Risso's dolphin group

What a welcome back from the island

Pete Taylor, a WDCS science volunteer, and I, Vicki James, WDCS’s Science Assistant, arrived on the beautiful island of Bardsey for the third week of survey replacing Bea and James. We joined Harriet and our fearless leader Pine. I’m fortunate enough to be here for the next few weeks and have already relaxed and unwound…