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 - 2016

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Date

Time

Species

No

Location

By

3-5-2016

12:00

Bottlenose Dolphin

1

Sanaigmore Bay

Bob Young

25-4-2016

10:45

Bottlenose Dolphin

2

Eilean Dubh, Balnahard, Colonsay

David Jardine

30-4-2016

14:30

Harbour Porpoise

2

Cumbrae Slip - Isle of Cumbrae

Sophie Shields

24-4-2016

14:30

Harbour Porpoise

6

Lunderston Bay (Clyde)

Argyll Cruising

22-4-2016

10:15

Humpback Whale

1

Inverkip (Clyde)

Argyll Cruising

27-4-2016

14:29

Harbour Porpoise

2

Off Stoerhead Lighthouse, Assynt, Sutherland

David and Avril Haines

23-4-2016

14:00

Humpback Whale

1

Largs Bay (North)

Andrew Muir

19-4-2016

15:20

Bottlenose Dolphin

5

Rum

Graham Raymond

24-4-2016

12:28

Minke Whale

1

Off Stoerhead Lighthouse, Assynt, Sutherland

David and Avril Haines

17-4-2016

06:00

Humpback Whale

2

Northern Tip of Greater Cumbrae (White Bay)

Julia Gossa

24-4-2016

14:02

Other types

1

Gourock / Mc Inroy's Point

Catherine Smith

24-4-2016

08:05

Minke Whale

1

skelmorlie measured mile marker

sharon o,donnell

19-April-2016

13:20

Bottlenose Dolphin

6

Heading north through the Poldorais 200m offshore

Graham Peach

21-4-2016

17:45

Unidentified Baleen Whale

1

Off northern tip of Great Cumbrae

Elaine Cowie

22-April-2016

08:30

Common Dolphin

4

Loch Fyne

James Clark

19-4-2016

14:00

Risso's Dolphin

10

Shiant Isles

Thomas Churchyard

20-4-2016

19:30

Harbour Porpoise

4

Kyles of Bute

Anne Archer

19-4-2016

13:47

Harbour Porpoise

1

Off Stoerhead Lighthouse, Assynt, Sutherland

David and Avril Haines

20-4-2016

21:00

Harbour Porpoise

4

Skye Bridge

Anne Honeyman

20-4-2016

19:45

Harbour Porpoise

1

Brevig, Barra

bruce taylor

19-4-2016

08:18

Harbour Porpoise

4

NW of Kerrera

Conor Ryan

10-April-2016

14:42

Harbour Porpoise

3

Aros Park, Tobermory Bay

Frazer Coomber

6-4-2016

12:40

Harbour Porpoise

1

moored silurian vessel

Frazer Coomber

4-4-2016

12:20

Harbour Porpoise

6

moored silurian vessel

Frazer Coomber

17-4-2016

13:30

Humpback Whale

1

Cumbrae slip (between Millport & Largs)

Catherine McNicol

17-4-2016

15:23

Common Dolphin

5

Greater Cumbrae

Phillip Cowie

17-4-2016

15:25

Humpback Whale

1

Greater Cumbrae

Phillip Cowie

15-4-2016

14:15

Harbour Porpoise

1

Largs Bay

Kay Sheikh

15-4-2016

08:45

Harbour Porpoise

4

Skelmorlie, Ayrshire

David Carnduff

12-4-2016

06:30

Bottlenose Dolphin

4

Traig Gheal, west of Ardalanish

Susannah Calderan

11-4-2016

13:30

Bottlenose Dolphin

12

Eileach an Naoimh

Susannah Calderan

14-4-2016

15:30

Minke Whale

1

Skelmorlie (Heading south) 50m from shore line

CALUM PEARSON

14-4-2016

15:45

Humpback Whale

1

50m off Skelmorlie

Rodger Blackburn

15-4-2016

09:54

Humpback Whale

1

Inverkip

Stephen Jackson

14-4-2016

19:50

Humpback Whale

1

Largs Bay & Off of Largs Pier

Alan Macfarlane

13-4-2016

16:45

Humpback Whale

1

home

Robert Ayton

14-4-2016

15:30

Unidentified Baleen Whale

1

Skelmorlie

Barbara Armstrong

13-4-2016

16:59

Unidentified Baleen Whale

1

Skelmorlie

Bruce Kennedy

13-4-2016

16:00

Unidentified Baleen Whale

1

Between Largs and Skelmorlie

Alison Myles

13-4-2016

11:30

Unidentified Baleen Whale

1

Largs, Firth of Clyde

Alistair Bell

12-4-2016

18:55

Unidentified Baleen Whale

1

Skelmorlie Castle, Firth of Clyde

Cameron Marshall

11-4-2016

14:45

Harbour Porpoise

1

Off Stoerhead Lighthouse, Assynt, Sutherland

David and Avril Haines

10-4-2016

11:00

Bottlenose Dolphin

20

Between Kerrera and Bach Island

David Findlay

8-April-2016

16:30

Harbour Porpoise

1

Tobermory Bay

Conor Ryan

8-4-2016

12:46

Bottlenose Dolphin

4

Kilchoan Bay

Conor Ryan

9-4-2016

09:54

Harbour Porpoise

4

Loch Duich

jan storie

8-4-2016

11:30

Risso's Dolphin

6

Off Stoerhead Lighthouse, Assynt, Sutherland

D and A Haines

28-3-2016

12:30

Orca (Killer) Whale

2

carins of coll

Shaun Anderson

4-4-2016

14:28

Harbour Porpoise

5

Off Stoerhead Lighthouse, Assynt, Sutherland

David and Avril Haines

4-4-2016

12:33

Harbour Porpoise

2

Off Stoerhead Lighthouse, Assynt, Sutherland

David and Avril Haines

2-4-2016

13:05

Harbour Porpoise

2

South Inner Sound

Ashley Shepherd

4-4-2016

14:30

Harbour Porpoise

5

Tobermory Calmac pier

Lynsey Bland

4-4-2016

11:11

Harbour Porpoise

6

NW of Skye Bridge

jan storie

3-4-2016

15:15

Minke Whale

1

Off Stoerhead Lighthouse, Assynt, Sutherland

David and Avril Haines

3-4-2016

15:14

Harbour Porpoise

1

Off Stoerhead Lighthouse, Assynt, Sutherland

David Haines

3-4-2016

12:58

Harbour Porpoise

2

Off Stoerhead Lighthouse, Assynt, Sutherland

David Haines

3-4-2016

09:35

Harbour Porpoise

2

Loch Duich

jan storie

31-3-2016

09:31

Harbour Porpoise

5

Loch Duich

jan storie

3-4-2016

17:41

Unidentified Dolphin species

1

Between gourock and Dunoon

David Pratt

3-4-2016

12:00

Harbour Porpoise

1

Ardmair, nr Ullapool

Conor Ryan

3-4-2016

11:00

Bottlenose Dolphin

1

Scourie

Conor Ryan

31-3-2016

15:00

Bottlenose Dolphin

2

Brevig, Barra

bruce taylor

30-3-2016

18:45

Bottlenose Dolphin

3

Armadale Bay

Eileen Armstrong

30-3-2016

08:34

Harbour Porpoise

2

NW of Skye Bridge

jan storie

16-3-2016

18:00

Harbour Porpoise

1

North of Kentallen - Loch Linnhe

Stuart Cook

19-3-2016

14:00

Risso's Dolphin

3

Couple of hundred yards off the Braighe

Calum Macleod

22-3-2016

12:30

Harbour Porpoise

1

Coming into Craignure

Zoe Stevenson

22-3-2016

09:32

Orca (Killer) Whale

2

Stoerhead lighthouse

Leigh Sedgley

21-3-2016

12:30

Orca (Killer) Whale

2

Stoerhead lighthouse

Leigh Sedgley

20-3-2016

16:00

Risso's Dolphin

1

Leinis, Barra

bruce taylor

20-3-2016

15:30

Bottlenose Dolphin

1

Leinis, Barra

bruce taylor

20-3-2016

07:05

Bottlenose Dolphin

22

Loch Indaal, Port Charlotte

Mike Peacock

20-3-2016

07:40

Bottlenose Dolphin

4

loch indaal, port charlotte, islay

Katy M

18-3-2016

10:20

Harbour Porpoise

4

Between oban craignure

Frazer Coomber

18-3-2016

09:41

Harbour Porpoise

2

Sound of Sleat, mid channel

jan storie

17-3-2016

10:45

Other types

40

St Kilda

Janice Burgess

16-3-2016

16:35

Common Dolphin

4

off Leinis, Barra

bruce taylor

16-3-2016

16:30

Harbour Porpoise

2

off Leinis, Barra

bruce taylor

16-3-2016

11:29

Bottlenose Dolphin

10

Port charlotte Isle of Islay

Ron Steenvoorden

16-3-2016

13:00

Bottlenose Dolphin

9

Port Charlotte

Katy

15-3-2016

17:30

Harbour Porpoise

2

off Leinis, Barra

bruce taylor

7-3-2016

09:00

Humpback Whale

1

Garbh Eilean, Shiant Isles

Adam Nicolson

14-3-2016

07:48

Harbour Porpoise

8

Fairlie Roads

Peter Jones

13-March-2016

12:45

Harbour Porpoise

0

1

Daphne Loads

13-3-2016

11:40

Harbour Porpoise

2

Two miles from from Dunoon

Ally Dowd

10-3-2016

07:45

Harbour Porpoise

6

Fairlie Roads

Peter Jones

6-3-2016

08:30

Harbour Porpoise

4

Fairlie Pier

Peter Jones

9-3-2016

16:00

Bottlenose Dolphin

3

off Leinis, Barra

bruce taylor

7-3-2016

13:45

Harbour Porpoise

7

Eilean Glas lighthouse, Scalpay, Harris

Ellie MacLennan

7-3-2016

12:01

Harbour Porpoise

7

East of Ashaig, Isle of Skye

jan storie

6-3-2016

15:30

Risso's Dolphin

2

Leinis, Barra

bruce taylor

3-3-2016

08:18

Harbour Porpoise

2

Irvine: Mouth of River.

3-3-2016

16:00

Minke Whale

1

Grasspoint, Mull

John Miles

28-2-2016

10:30

Bottlenose Dolphin

6

sound of Jura opps.Keiillmore

sue richardson

27-2-2016

15:00

Bottlenose Dolphin

5

sound of Jura opp. Carsaig Bay

sue richardson

27-2-2016

14:56

Harbour Porpoise

1

Off Point of Sleat

jan Storie

27-2-2016

13:50

Bottlenose Dolphin

4

North of Eigg Harbour

jan storie

27-2-2016

11:11

Harbour Porpoise

1

Off Rum

jan storie

27-February-2016

11:04

Other types

1

Off Point of Sleat

jan storie

27-2-2016

10:54

Harbour Porpoise

1

Between Eigg and Point of Sleat

jan storie

27-2-2016

10:21

Harbour Porpoise

2

Mouth of Loch Nevis

jan storie

27-2-2016

09:38

Harbour Porpoise

1

Sound of Sleat

jan storie

25-2-2016

12:45

Bottlenose Dolphin

18

Aird Thurinish, Aird, Isle of Skye

John Phillips

26-2-2016

11:06

Unidentified Baleen Whale

1

Cuddy Point, Scalpay, Harris

Marine Harvest

25-2-2016

11:28

Harbour Porpoise

2

West side of Calve Island, Tobermory

Vivi Bolin

24-2-2016

08:15

Minke Whale

1

CALMAC pier Craignure

Louise Fuller

23-2-2016

16:25

Bottlenose Dolphin

1

Brevig, Barra

bruce taylor

23-2-2016

11:15

Bottlenose Dolphin

5

off Eoligarry jetty, Barra

bruce taylor

18-2-2016

14:30

Harbour Porpoise

1

NW off Kilt Rock, Skye

Tibor Beetles

18-2-2016

12:06

Harbour Porpoise

3

Fairlie Roads/between Fairlie & Cumbrae

Peter Jones

17-2-2016

12:30

Harbour Porpoise

1

5 miles east of Stornoway

Tibor Beetles

13-2-2016

13:15

Harbour Porpoise

7

Stoer Lighthouse

jan storie

12-2-2016

16:13

Harbour Porpoise

2

Loch Gairloch

jan storie

15-2-2016

13:10

Harbour Porpoise

2

Calve Island, Isle of Mull

Conor Ryan

15-2-2016

12:00

Harbour Porpoise

1

off Leinis, Barra

bruce taylor

15-2-2016

11:15

Risso's Dolphin

5

off Leinis, Barra

bruce taylor

12-2-2016

10:00

Harbour Porpoise

1

Loch Duich: few hundred metres east of castle

11-2-2016

14:30

Harbour Porpoise

3

leinis

Bruce Taylor

11-2-2016

12:00

Risso's Dolphin

4

leinis

Bruce Taylor

11-2-2016

14:00

Minke Whale

1

Leinis

Bruce Taylor

3-2-2016

16:00

Harbour Porpoise

2

West of Calve island

Vivi Bolin

8-2-2016

09:43

Harbour Porpoise

3

N of Skye Bridge

jan storie

8-2-2016

09:38

Harbour Porpoise

1

NW of Skye Bridge

jan storie

8-2-2016

09:35

Harbour Porpoise

2

N of Skye Bridge

jan storie

8-2-2016

09:31

Harbour Porpoise

2

N of Skye Bridge

jan storie

8-2-2016

09:27

Harbour Porpoise

10

N of Skye bridge

jan storie

8-2-2016

09:24

Harbour Porpoise

4

W of Skye Bridge

jan storie

8-2-2016

09:18

Harbour Porpoise

12

NW of Skye bridge

jan storie

8-2-2016

09:05

Harbour Porpoise

6

NW of Skye Bridge

jan storie

31-1-2016

13:00

Harbour Porpoise

2

Glengorm Point

Vivi Bolin

19-1-2016

16:21

Harbour Porpoise

1

Off Armadale, Skye

jan storie

19-1-2016

16:13

Harbour Porpoise

1

Sound of Sleat, mid channel

jan storie

19-1-2016

15:56

Harbour Porpoise

6

Sound of Sleat, off Mallaig

jan storie

19-1-2016

15:11

Harbour Porpoise

4

Sound of Sleat

Alisdair & Siobhan /jan

19-1-2016

12:43

Harbour Porpoise

1

Off Canna

jan storie

19-1-2016

10:32

Harbour Porpoise

2

Sound of Sleat

jan storie

19-1-2016

10:30

Harbour Porpoise

4

Sound of Sleat

jan storie

19-1-2016

10:25

Harbour Porpoise

7

Sound of Sleat

jan storie

19-1-2016

10:21

Harbour Porpoise

10

Sound of Sleat

jan storie

19-1-2016

10:17

Harbour Porpoise

4

Mouth of Loch Nevis

jan storie

19-1-2016

09:47

Harbour Porpoise

2

Sound of Sleat

jan storie

19-1-2016

09:46

Harbour Porpoise

2

Sound of Sleat

jan storie

19-1-2016

09:43

Harbour Porpoise

3

Sound of Sleat

jan storie

18-1-2016

11:25

Harbour Porpoise

2

Loch Carron

jan storie

18-1-2016

10:56

Harbour Porpoise

2

Off Badicaul, Kyle of Lochalsh

jan storie

16-1-2016

13:20

Harbour Porpoise

3

south-east of Lismore lighthouse

David Jardine

15-1-2016

12:02

Harbour Porpoise

2

Rodel, Harris

Anne Milne

13-1-2016

10:08

Harbour Porpoise

2

Sound of Raasay, off Camustianavaig

jan storie

13-1-2016

14:41

Harbour Porpoise

1

Sound of Raasay, off Camustianavaig

jan storie

13-1-2016

09:57

Harbour Porpoise

4

Sound of Raasay, off Camustianavaig

jan storie

10-1-2016

14:18

Humpback Whale

1

Raasay Sound

Helen Stephenson

10-1-2016

14:29

Humpback Whale

1

Sound of Raasay, east side of Skye

Peggy Semler

10-1-2016

11:37

Minke Whale

1

Sound of Raasay, off Camustianavaig

jan storie

10-1-2016

11:28

Harbour Porpoise

8

Sound of Raasay

jan storie

10-1-2016

11:23

Harbour Porpoise

2

Sound of Raasay, off Camustianavaig

jan storie

10-1-2016

11:06

Common Dolphin

25

Sound of Raasay

jan storie

10-1-2016

10:59

Common Dolphin

10

Sound of Raasay

jan storie

10-1-2016

10:39

Common Dolphin

5

Sound of Raasay, off Camustianavaig

jan storie

9-1-2016

15:20

Humpback Whale

1

Sound of Raasay. Off Braes

Ingrid Tomlinson

9-1-2016

10:46

Humpback Whale

1

Sound of Raasay

jan storie

7-12-2015

10:00

Harbour Porpoise

2

Kilmory Bay, Lochgoilphead

Patricia Doughty

15-12-2015

09:30

Humpback Whale

1

Lochbroom

Nigel Middleton

1-1-2016

12:02

Harbour Porpoise

2

off Portsoy

jan storie