A Minke Whale was found swimming amongst the boats in Fraserburgh Harbour, Aberdeenshire on August 1st. At 4-5meters long, this juvenile animal was believed to have followed a fishing vessel into the harbour and was unable to make its way out.
Members of the public report seeing an adult whale outside the harbour earlier that afternoon. Inspite of the harbour’s boat traffic the animal appeared to be quite relaxed and in good health.
Representitives of Seawatch Foundation, CRRU (Cetacean Research and Rescue Unit) and BDMLR (British Divers Marine Life Rescue) were present when the decision was made to guide the animal out of the harbou.
Two attempts to guide the whale out of the harbour, on the evening of the 1st, failed. It was hoped that the absence of boat traffic during the night might allow the whale to leave of its own accord. This however was not to be the case and the whale spent the night in the harbour. On the afternoon of the 2nd a ship left the inner harbour with its sonar turned on, the young Minke followed the ship and has not been seen in the harbour since.