A pair of Sowerby’s beaked whales were seen in the inner Moray Firth from Fort George by Alan Airey on the 22nd August. He reported them surfacing four times in perfect unison, and showing their beaks before disappearing from view.
There has been only few records of live Sowerby’s beaked whales in the UK. They tend to stay well away from shipping lanes and are usually only seen when washed up or stranded. Last live strandind occurred in West Wales in September 2004. Sowerby’s beaked whales grow to around six metres in length, and have slender bodies with distinct narrow beaks, which in mature males have two flattened teeth protruding from the lower jaw.