Although rarely seen and poorly understood, cetaceans – whales, dolphins and porpoises – are among the most beguiling of Scotland’s resident species. Yet these beautiful creatures are continuously facing new threats. Learn about these fascinating animals and our conservation efforts in this beautifully illustrated booklet.
Astonishingly, nearly a quarter of all the world’s cetaceans are found in Scottish coastal waters. But rare glimpses are the best we can hope for, making it difficult for us to understand how our actions affect them. Caution is therefore key in our approach to conservation.
From whale hunting to chemical pollution and entanglement in fishing gear, cetaceans have long faced threats from humans. Yet, although we no longer hunt these animals, we are still having a significant impact on their populations. Sound pollution is rising, and with it the potential to ‘blind’ these creatures, which rely so heavily on sound. And with wave and tidal power becoming so important in Scotland, there’s an ever-increasing risk of them being injured or even killed in collisions with installations.
Find out how cetaceans feed and use sound, the species we commonly see and where, and the main threats these species face. And discover what we are doing to protect and conserve these species, and what you can do to help.