Recent Sightings

HWDT’s Community Sightings Network encourages residents, local wildlife operators and visitors to the area to report their sightings of whales, dolphins and porpoises to HWDT. This information is important because it contributes to our understanding of where and when particular species occur. Report your sightings HERE.

HWDT receives the majority of its live sighting reports during the summer months, between May and September, which reflects the increased number of boat and land observers, the fine weather and the influx of seasonal visitors to the area, including minke whales and basking sharks. Sightings are less frequent during the winter months because poor weather conditions and shorter daylight hours make seeing marine animals difficult. Seasonal visitors leave the area, although bottlenose dolphins and harbour porpoises are year-round residents.

Recent Sightings - 2017

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Date

Time

Species

No

Location

By

17-1-2017

10:00

Harbour Porpoise

3

Ardyne fishfarm

Tom Reade

16-1-2017

13:41

Common Dolphin

4

Sound of Raasay, off Camustianavaig

jan paula

16-1-2017

12:29

Common Dolphin

12

Sound of Raasay

jan paula

14-1-2017

11:59

Sperm Whale

1

Firth of Forth approx 2 miles off Kinghorn

Leanne Taylor

10-1-2017

13:15

Minke Whale

2

Off the Braighe between Holm and Swordale

Calum Macleod

8-1-2017

13:20

Orca (Killer) Whale

2

South Minch

angus macleod

8-January-2017

13:15

Minke Whale

1

Covesea, East Coast

Keith & Pammie Steel

7-1-2017

14:55

Harbour Porpoise

2

Sound of Sleat

jan paula

7-1-2017

14:49

Harbour Porpoise

1

Sound of Sleat

jan paula

7-1-2017

14:46

Harbour Porpoise

2

Sound of Sleat

jan paula

7-1-2017

14:37

Harbour Porpoise

3

Between Eigg and Mallaig

jan paula

7-1-2017

10:41

Harbour Porpoise

1

Sound of Sleat

jan paula

7-1-2017

10:31

Harbour Porpoise

3

Sound of Sleat

jan paula

6-1-2017

11:43

Minke Whale

2

Loch Leurbost/ at Ranish

Kenneth Macleod

1-January-2017

12:22

Humpback Whale

0

Buckie, East Coast

Alex Theodorou