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Watching whales, dolphins and porpoises in the wild is a privileged experience and everyone has their own unique encounters with these amazing creatures. WDC collates sightings of whales, dolphins and porpoises, collectively known as cetaceans, from all around the UK. Sightings are becoming more frequent as awareness of UK whales and dolphins increases and it remains important to maintain a record of every sighting. These records help us build an archive of their movements and give an indication of the where whales and dolphins choose to make their homes within UK waters.
 
It is only by increasing our understanding of these creatures that we can effectively protect them. Our network of trained volunteers are watching out for whales and dolphins from specific Shorewatch sites around the Scottish coastline.
 
If you are a Shorewatcher, please login to enter or view your Shorewatch effort and sightings. We welcome sightings information from professional surveyors and the public as well. Please choose 'Record data' from the menu to enter your casual sightings of whales, dolphins and porpoises around the UK.

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Marine Forum 2022 - Nov 26th, Glasgow

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The Marine Forum is back! Many of you know, and have booked tickets for the Marine Forum 2022, which will be held in Glasgow on the 26th of November. The tickets are now on sale to members of the public and we expect that they will sell out quickly so please do get your tickets asap. Tickets for online streaming of the event are now also live. We are suggesting a donation to access the online streaming. We look forward to seeing you there!
 

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Risso's Dolphin Photo-ID

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We are super excited to launch two Risso's Dolphin Photo-Identification Catalogues: the Orkney and Northeast Scotland Catalogue and the Shetland Cataloge. These have only been made possible by the thousands of photographs sent to us by members of the public. We can now start to unravel some of the mysteries that surround Risso's dolphins and help gain a better understanding of how they use Scottish waters. Thanks so much to everynoe who contributed photographs!
 

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