Every year, people gather on cliff tops in the north of Scotland to watch out for orcas, some of whom come down from their winter herring-hunting grounds in Iceland on the look out for seals in the early Scottish summer. Run by the Sea Watch Foundation and supported by WDC, we call this event Orca Watch.
Ask anyone and they’ll tell you that Scotland has been having a dismal summer this year, low temperatures and rain and wind galore.
The WDC team has now left Scotland and the beautiful Caithness coastline but the sightings continue.
It has been a truly fantastic season here at Spey Bay! There have been dolphins a plenty treating all of us newbies to some exceptional displays. From wee tiny calves to groups of adolescent teens, all have been showing off their immense power and strength when breaching and doing somersaults out of the water.
Shrinking dolphin populations in UK waters may be causing one species to mate with another according to WDC research.
WDC has recently released the first documented proof of hybridisation between wild dolphins in UK waters, where one species mates with a completely different species.
WDC are supportive of efforts to reduce climate impacts and move away from the use of fossil fuels. However, the decision by Scottish Ministers today to consent these four offshore wind farms off the Forth and Tay on the east coast of Scotland will drive another nail in the coffin of the local harbour seal population.
Encountering dolphins in the wild is a pleasure and a privilege, encountering dolphins known to you in the wild is even more special.
WDC's field officer in Scotland, Charlie Phillips, has asked that sailors and crews of boats using Inverness ity harbour and marina, and the Kessock Channel, to proceed with caution and not to seek out a baby dolphin born in recent days.
This is a very vulnerable time for the young calf and loud noises from boats could scare dolphins and lead to the juvenile being separated from its mother, Kesslet.
Kesslet, one of WDC's adoption programme dolphins, already has a seven-year-old son, named Charlie who is often seen hunting in the Kessock Channel and in the Moray Firth.
We have been watching Risso’s dolphins foraging almost every day since we arrived last weekend to conduct our annual surveys off the Isle of Lewis in Scotland. Since we were last here…. drum roll please….