Cetacean Research and Rescue Unit (CRRU)

Link to the wild

 Protecting Scotland's Cetaceans and Pinnipeds 

The Project

Supporting the Cetacean Research and Rescue Unit (CRRU) who monitor, preserve and rescue creatures living in the coastal waters around Scotland

The Target

The Cetacean Research and Rescue unit (CRRU) is a small non-profit organisation based in Banff, who dedicates their time to monitoring the coastal areas of Scotland and protecting the creatures that call Scotland’s coastline their home. CRRU carry out vital research in Scotland’s waters, ensuring they provide the best possible habitat for our native wildlife. They also monitor the populations of Scotland’s cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) whilst providing a 24/7 rescue service.


The CRRU does not limit itself to rescuing cetaceans, but also helps save the lives of seals, birds and tortoises all over Scotland. Not only do they rescue hundreds of these animals a year, but the work and research the CRRU carries out also plays a vital part in passing legislations in Scotland which will protect vital marine habitats around our coastline.


The CRRU aim to raise £26,000 this year, and this money will hopefully go towards funding a new state of the art rescue vehicle, or “ambulance”. Having reached almost half of this target already, Blair Drummond is keen to play a part in helping the CRRU reach their total. The marine mammal care team at Blair Drummond are also working with scout groups this year and are in the process of  arranging beach clean ups. 

Where your money goes

Banff, Scotland

Nikki Morrison

Head of Sea Lions

Having worked with marine mammals for 16 years, I’ve developed a strong affinity for Cetaceans and Pinnipeds. More recently I have become involved in working with charities whose work helps these animals in their natural habitat. I feel the work the CRRU carries out is vital. It goes far beyond helping the cetaceans and pinnipeds I have become so passionate about, but includes a multitude of other animals found around our coastline.

Common name
California Sea Lion
Scientific name
Zalophus californianus
From South East Alaska, to central Mexico
20 - 30 years
Fast facts
• Sea Lions have extremely sensitive whiskers, these whiskers help them find their prey when waters become dark and murky.
• They come from the order of animals called Pinnipedia, which means “fin footed” or “wing footed”.
• Can swim at speeds of up to 28km an hour, which is faster than Usain Bolt sprinting in an Olympic race!
Conservation status
Least concern