Buddies...

Thursday, April 17. 2014

Hi Everyone,

I was doing my photography fieldwork at Chanonry Point yesterday and was really pleased at seeing seven dolphins looking in the fast current for salmon in the immediate area around the Point. Two of the dolphins were ID#1025 "Charlie" son of Kesslet who is the dolphin nearest the camera in the photo below.

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Behind him is ID#1085 "Breeze" son of Zephyr, who was around with her baby. Charlie and Breeze have become great buddies even although Charlie is a year or two older than Breeze. These friendships or "alliances" as we call them can last a lifetime. Charlie's Mum - Kesslet - was on her own near the Kessock Channel so I'm thinking that this year might be the year where Charlie finally becomes independent.

Best Wishes,

Charlie.

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Where is Everybody?

Thursday, April 10. 2014

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick update to say that things have gone verrrrry quiet again just at the moment. Even the boat operators are not seeing that much in the way of dolphins moving around the Inner Firth.

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The photo above is a recent one of Kesslet - looking all alone, but in fact Charlie was nearby and came scooting over beside her again as they moved in towards the Kessock Channel.

Best Wishes,


Charlie.

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Close Encounters

Sunday, April 6. 2014

Hi Everyone,

I was lucky enough to see and photograph some of our resident dolphins while out doing fieldwork yesterday. The weather had improved a great deal and there was hardly a ripple on the water. In the photo below you can see my namesake "Charlie" ID#1025 going over to check out a local family in their small inflatable boat that happened to be in the Chanonry Point area - the kids on the boat were thrilled at having this "close encounter". Charlie's Mum, Kesslet was just out of shot and the two of them left the Chanonry area soon after heading in towards Inverness, closely followed on by ID#748 "Scoopy" and ID#1085 "Breeze".

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Please remember that you can adopt six of our lovely dolphins through WDC by clicking HERE


Best Wishes,


Charlie.

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Have you seen Blackfish yet?

Wednesday, April 2. 2014

Hi Everyone,

At 7pm on the 21st April at the Holiday Inn - Inverness and on the 22nd April at The Scottish Dolphin Centre, WDC are showing the critically acclaimed film - Blackfish, followed by an open discussion with WDC's UK policy manager and Orca lead Rob Lott. Entry is free but please book early to avoid disappointment on 01343 820 339. If you are in the Inverness or Spey Bay area on these dates then please try and come along.

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Best Wishes,


Charlie.

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Hello Down There !

Thursday, March 27. 2014

Hi Everyone,

I was along at our Scottish Dolphin Centre at Spey Bay recently for the press launch of the amazing new "Dry Dive" exhibition in the Ice House next to the Centre itself. The Ice House is the funny looking "three humped" building on the grassy mound in the aerial picture below - taken from my new quad-copter that has a camera built into it.

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The new exhibition uses two of the big, vaulted rooms of this wonderful old building and projects multiple video films onto big screens at the same time, some of the video is stuff that I have taken around the area. In the dark of the rooms - when the videos are playing with the amazing sound track it transports you right "into" the environment and it's even more amazing when the underwater footage starts to play...you really feel as though you are scuba diving while standing on dry land. Please come and visit us at the WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre over the season and the Dry Dive exhibition is not to be missed !

Best Wishes,


Charlie.

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