15th October – Bottlenose dolphins galore in Aberdeen
The resident population of bottlenose dolphins off Aberdeen shows no signs of retreating to offshore for the winter, as they have been seen in large numbers in groups of up to 28 individuals from Torry Battery and Girdleness recently. Pictures here were taken by Sea Watch South Grampian Coordinator Kevin Hepworth.
12th October – Humpback whale(s) near Dunoon, Argyll
One, possibly two humpback whales have been seen for several days between Blairmore and Hunter’s Quay at head of Loch Long and the entrance to Holy Loch, near Dunoon since 10th October. Many locals have seen the animal pictured here by a local reporter Scott Hussey.
16th September – A rare sei whale sighted in the Highland, North West Scotland
A single sei whale was seen feeding 3 nautical miles west off Gob A ‘Chuaille, south of Greenstone point in Wester Ross, Highland on 16th of September. The 30 ft long animal was spotted by Nick Davies of Hebridean Whale Cruises onboard the vessel Kerry. The crew and passengers of the eight houre cruise observed this rarely seen cetacean for an hour. The animal was identified from photographs and is distinguished from fin or minke whales by the tall erect dorsal fin and lack of any white markings on the lower jaw or pectoral fins.
16th September – Risso’s dolphins seen by divers at St Abbs
A group of four Risso’s dolphins was seen by divers close to coastline off St Abbs, north of Berwick, South East Scotland, on the morning of the 16th September. The animals were feeding on a school of small fish, undisturbed by the dive boat. Picture here by Master Scuba Diver Stevie O’Hare.
15th September – Pilot whales in Salcombe Estuary
At least 20, possibly up to 50 long-finned pilot whales were sighted 1.5 miles south of the mouth of Salcombe Estuary on the 15th September. The group was seen by anglers who were fishing from a drifting boat as the pilot whales swam slowly by. They described the animals as jet black, almost as long as the 24′ boat they were fishing from and travelling east. They were spread out to the seaward side in loose groups and in pairs over 0.5 to 0.75 of a mile. The anglers were fishing for mackerel, but said they were also catching large, “rugby ball size” squid, which is known to form part of pilot whale diet.