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The Risso’s collective – collaborating with scientists all over the world

Risso’s dolphins are big. They grow up to four metres in length and with their large dorsal fins, can be mistaken for orcas.  But if you’re lucky enough to see Risso’s leaping out of the water their bulbous head and distinctive body colouration make them unmistakable. Sadly, like all dolphins, they face many threats and…


Rastus – the tale of an extraordinary dog and his love of dolphins

Dr Nicolette Scourse is an academic, educator, author and illustrator with a passion for whales, dolphins and the ocean. In her guest blog she tells the story of Rastus, an extraordinary dog with a love of dolphins. Over to Nicolette… I was looking down from the jetty into limpid clean shallows of blue. Suddenly I…

What now for the whales of Japan?

News that Shinzo Abe is stepping down as Japan’s prime minister could be another nail in the coffin for the country’s whaling industry. It offers the Japanese government a rare opportunity to press the reset button on a practice which costs it dearly, in subsidies and international reputation. Abe is Japan’s longest serving prime minister.…

A little slice of heaven – amazing dolphin sightings around the Isle of Lewis, Scotland

As I headed up north to begin my 2020 summer fieldwork season here on the Isle of Lewis in the Scottish Outer Hebrides, I knew that fieldwork ‘in the time of COVID’ was going to be different but how and to what extent, I wasn’t sure. Thankfully, I have been very pleasantly surprised, and the…

Successful campaigning starts at home – how WDC supports grassroots end captivity campaigners

For the last 20 years, I’ve been leading Whale and Dolphin Conservation’s work to end the capture, trade and keeping of whales, dolphins and porpoises in captivity. When I started in my role, back in 1998, the UK no longer had any captive dolphin attractions and so my work has always been international. What we’ve…

Working with Amazon communities to protect pink river dolphins

Whale and Dolphin Conservation is a founding supporter of the Natutama Foundation. Natutama works in the Colombian Amazon developing important and often ground-breaking conservation and education projects with communities to protect dolphins, manatees and other wildlife.  Natutama means ‘everything under the water’ in the Amazon Indian Ticuna language. The Natutama Foundation and the Amazon indigenous communities…