Wave Action is a consultancy partnership with a diverse range of experiences, skills and passion for the natural world. We provide consultancy services, special commissions and advice.

Roving Gazette

Risso's dolphin and calf 
© Colin Speedie

Basking shark surveys – Hebrides Aug 2014

Every year we conduct two weeks of basking shark transect surveys in the Sea of the Hebrides and the Minch on the west coast of Scotland – this not only allows us to monitoring the hotspot sites we identified during

Common Dolphin Copyright Colin Speedie

National Whale & Dolphin Watch, UK

This year, for the 13th annual National Whale and Dolphin Watch (NWDW), the WiSe Scheme will be joining forces with the Sea Watch Foundation and inviting members of the public to participate in cetacean surveys around the UK from the 26th July

Seabirds & dolphins (c) Louise Johnson

Surveying for sea-birds, West Indies

Working on research vessels doing long-distance surveys for sharks, whales and dolphins means that you spend a lot of your time observing and recording. In turn, this suggests to ‘amateur’ onlookers that you’re some kind of magician, with a sixth

1-1-RichardKirby&SecchiDisk-001

Citizen science for sailors: phytoplankton

The 21st February saw the first anniversary of the launch of the Secchi Disk study and the Secchi App project, the global Citizen Study by Seafarers to study the marine phytoplankton. The Ocean Cruising Club were one of the first

CommonBlackbird - Credit: Andreas Trepte www.photo-natur.de

Where have all the songbirds gone?

(photo credit: Andreas Trepte (www.photo-natur.de) It’s often said that you never miss something until it’s gone. Living as we do outside this country for most of each year, we’re in something of a unique position to comment on that. Each

Bottlenose dolphins at play (this image taken in Tobermory harbour in 2009)

Wildlife disturbance can be a crime

We were all shocked to hear of the incident (link to BBC article) at Padstow in the UK’s River Camel estuary in July 2013, where numerous boats were interacting with a pod of bottlenose dolphins repeatedly for several hours. This

1-Tagged shark crop

Keep a lookout for ‘tags’

As you walk along the beach or maybe even go out on the water during these last precious weeks of summer, keep an eye out for any tags that could have come off a tagged marine animal, or might even

1-IMG_0048 (2)

2013 Basking Shark survey results

So what did we see during this summers surveys? 9 sharks, 12 whales, 300+ dolphins, 200+ porpoise. That’s quite a tally of wildlife observed whilst performing our two weeks of basking shark transect surveys in the Inner and Outer Hebrides.