Dolphins All Around...

Sunday, July 27. 2014

Hi Everyone,

It's the time of year when we are hoping to see the maximum amount of dolphins in the area where I work and it's getting busier without a doubt. After the thick morning mist has started to thin out the other morning I watched around twenty dolphins travelling past Chanonry Point heading out to sea, obviously having been up nearer Inverness looking for snacks. One of the big adults that went zooming past me was ID#907 "Beatrice" named after the oil field out in the Moray Firth but despite the name we think that he is a big, powerful male. He was "S" posturing as he went by - possibly using this very demonstrative body language to tell other dolphins something.

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With me was TV presenter and WDC Patron Miranda Krestovnikoff and her family and we had a lovely morning seeing loads of dolphins including Rainbow and Moonlight, both of whom the family adopt. Not a bad morning at all really...

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Best Wishes,


Charlie.

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A Wee Bit of Video...

Tuesday, July 22. 2014

Hi Everyone,

I've been concentrating on getting some video of our dolphins recently...



Sundance, Moonlight and Mischief are in this footage, try the HD playback setting at the bottom of the video for best results - hope that you enjoy it. I will post more video soon.


Best Wishes,


Charlie.

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Where They All Should Be...

Sunday, July 13. 2014

Hi Everyone,

I was very fortunate to spend nearly ten hours out at sea on Friday, taking part in a dolphin photo identification survey with my friends from Aberdeen University's Lighthouse Field Station at Cromarty. The dolphins were being a bit elusive for the first part of our trip but then they found us, more and more dolphins coming into view on this lovely, sunny day - swimming wild and free, feeling the tidal currents, being with their friends and family and listening to the song of the sea as they power their way along the Firth as you can see in the photo below.

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In total we encountered about forty individuals including Mischief, Moonlight, Spirit and Rainbow from our Adopt A Dolphin programme. I would like to thank Barbara, Rebecca and Sarah from Aberdeen University for their company on this long, tiring but very happy day photographing and filming dolphins and having the privilege of the company of these wild, free, amazing, intelligent, feeling and totally beautiful Bottlenose dolphins.

Best Wishes,


Charlie.

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Sundance On The Prowl...

Tuesday, July 8. 2014

Hi Everyone,

Sundance has been about quite a lot recently, nearly always in the company of Zephyr and Breeze. I came across him and Mischief together out at sea too - the two big, powerful males and buddies at the periphery of a group that had a lot of girls and youngsters in. Big males like Sundance often prowl about, looking after territory and keeping up friendships, and being a very inquisitive species anyway - often just checking something, or someone out.

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You can see in the photo above his big dorsal fin, that has lots of scrapes, scratches and nicks on it - testament to a busy life as a top dolphin.


Best Wishes,

Charlie.

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All at Sea...

Wednesday, July 2. 2014

Hi Everyone,

Thanks to the generosity of Sundance adopters and WDC supporters the White family - I have been out at sea on two different boat trips recently. On Monday we were out just a little North of Cromarty when we came across Rainbow and her two year old calf who were both looking great and then on Tuesday morning a bit further out to sea we came across fifteen or so dolphins that included Sundance, Mischief, Spirit and Shimmer and these two characters who thought that we needed checking out...

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I know the leaping dolphin very well - he is a sub-adult male ID#817 and is one of bunch of youngsters that I call the "Bad Boys Club" and he deliberately soaked us during this trip, very funny big fella !


Best Wishes,


Charlie.

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