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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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Capturing Marine Vessel Data Around Scotland

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Vessel density around Scotland in 2019. Credit: Marine Traffic

WDC Shorewatch is teaming up with Emily Hague at Heriot Watt University on a collaboartive project working together to understand the potential risks marine mammals face in Scotland from boats. You can do extended vessel watches and gather more detailed observations from your Shorewatch site.

 
 

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2020 Casual sightings review

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Covid-19 may have put a stop to effort-based Shorewatching in 2020 but it's clear that Shorewatchers were still watching the sea whenever they got the chance. This is a review of your sightings across 2020. (Click the link below to open the review.)
Thank you for sticking with us through this tough time and we look forward to Shorewatching again starting 26th April, 2021!

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