Phil Crockett was witness to a pod of killer whales off Collieston on 25th May. Luckily for us, he also managed to get a couple of photos!
I first spotted the orcas from the high road that overlooks the harbour in Collieston at 13.05 when I saw a blow with my naked eye. With my binoculars I then saw the distinctive tall fins of killer whales. I attracted the attention of some of the villagers who help put out the news by phone and Facebook, and before very long many residents had got views of the animals that initially may have been as little as 2 km out, but very gradually drifted north and much further out. The pod, which our best estimate at about 14.15 was of 8 whales, was visible from Cransdale Head up to 16.00, all the time very active and sometimes probably feeding. The next significant village north, Whinnyfold, had observers getting better views by this time. A count was made there of 15 animals. Villagers believe this is the first definite sighting in Collieston for about 15 years.
Photos – Phil Crockett