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 - 2015

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Date

Time

Species

No

Location

By

27-1-2015

15:30

Orca (Killer) Whale

3

Quidinish point, isle of Harris

Finlay Macdonald

19-1-2015

09:40

Risso's Dolphin

20

lmouth of lochshell

Ruairidh MacRae

19-1-2015

09:45

Unidentified Dolphin species

15

Off cliffs at Swordale, Isle of Lewis

Eilidh Mackay

6-1-2015

11:00

Harbour Porpoise

15

Mallaig

Ewan Miles

5-1-2015

15:00

Harbour Porpoise

4

Kyle of Tongue, Sutherland

3-1-2015

10:30

Unidentified Dolphin species

10

Ardanalish Bay map ref: 365165

Tony Francis

1-1-2015

12:30

Harbour Porpoise

2

Off Rubh'an Dunain, Assynt, Sutherland

D and A Haines