Whale, Whale,Whale

6 Sperm Whale

Dead Sperm whale from last week

Orca A (Stuart Rivers)

A pod of seven Orcas from 2015 (Stuart Rivers)

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The long body and small fin of a Minke Whale

Friday 22nd July comments: Tomorrow is the start of the National Whale and Dolphin Watch 2016; it runs for a week from 23rd July to 31st July.  It is a nationwide watch to collate all the sightings of cetaceans around the UK coast to build a bigger picture of what is happening in our seas and to determine numbers of these sea creatures.

On the island we will be conducting various watches throughout the day and during visitor hours so if are coming over the May come and join us and keep your eyes peeled whilst travelling on the boats over to the island.  In recent days we have seen Minke Whales feeding close to the island in the middle of bird feeding frenzies and Harbour Porpoise moving past.  These are the most common species we find around the island but last week there was a dead Sperm whale a mile of the east side and last year we saw a pod of seven Orcas swimming past heading North, so you never know what might turn up!

The watch is set up by the Sea Watch Foundation and for more information about the watch how you get involved yourselves visit the website here: http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/nwdw-2016

 

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