On the 30th December, SWF Regional Coordinator Colin Bird was doing a land watch off Lybster, Caithness hoping to catch a glimpse of harbour porpoise. He noticed some disturbance in the water surface and to his surprise a whale’s back emerged. The characteristics of the dorsal fin and back showed that it was a humpback whale! Shortly after this another animal surfaced with the two animals now at the surface side by side.
The next day, one humpback was reported off Portlethen, south of Aberdeen by birder blogs ABZ Birds and Birdline Scotland. And finally, on the 6th January, Ian Sim watched one humpback whale in Stonehaven Bay, for one hour and a half. The animal was feeding for this time and came to within a quarter of a mile of the shore. The animal was last seen heading south.
Humpback whales occasionally visit the coastline of North East Scotland but it is uncommon. Often this species will spend some time in an area so it is possible that there will be further sightings. Please report sightings to email@example.com or report via the online form.