The fin whale, the second largest animal on the planet reaching up to 24 metres in length, tends to be found in deep waters, 200-4000 metres in depth. However, this species is a regular visitor to UK and Irish waters. This animal is seen off Southeast Ireland, St George’s Channel, West Wales, Shetland and increasingly in Northwest Scotland.
On the 19th September, two fin whales were spotted off the Isle of Harris, Hebrides as reported by HWDT. Just a few weeks later on the 16th October, another animal has been reported to SWF. Nick Davies of Hebridean Whale Cruises spotted the animal a mile west of North Erradale travelling north-west.
Fin whales are seen only occasionally in the Hebrides, with sightings reported just once or twice a year although some years there are no records of the whales in this region.
Report all cetacean sightings to SWF by using the online reporting form or writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.