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

5-5-2015

08:00

Bottlenose Dolphin

15

Loch Spelve

Tim Stenton

21-5-2015

11:40

Minke Whale

1

Off cliffs at Swordale, Isle of Lewis

Eilidh Mackay

19-5-2015

11:20

Unidentified Dolphin species

4

South of Sound of Luing

Andrew Sugden

14-5-2015

11:25

Unidentified Dolphin species

4

Loch Sunart entrance to Loch na Drumbuie

Andrew Sugden

13-5-2015

11:06

Unidentified Dolphin species

30

Sound of Mull to East of Lochaline Entrance

Andrew Sugden

17-5-2015

14:15

Bottlenose Dolphin

9

Bloody Bay, Mull

Steve Littlewood

14-5-2015

15:00

Harbour Porpoise

10

Sron Nam Brathan

J Garnett

9-5-2015

10:40

Bottlenose Dolphin

5

Ardmore, Isle of Mull

Simon Waters

13-5-2015

15:40

Harbour Porpoise

8

minch and loch bracadale

wild skye boat trips

8-5-2015

14:15

Orca (Killer) Whale

5

Kingairloch - South end of Loch Linnhe

James Hail

12-5-2015

09:00

Unidentified Dolphin species

7

Fishnish Timber Pier, Sound of Mull

Steve Littlewood

12-5-2015

09:15

Bottlenose Dolphin

7

Sound of Mull

Brian Hopkins

9-5-2015

13:00

Bottlenose Dolphin

3

Wreck of Hispania, Sound of Mull

Ed Howarth

17-4-2015

08:05

Harbour Porpoise

1

Loch Ewe

Duncan Donald

10-5-2015

12:00

Harbour Porpoise

1

Sound of Mull

Mandy Owens

9-5-2015

11:45

Common Dolphin

80

Eigg

David Jardine

10-5-2015

08:15

Bottlenose Dolphin

10

Big Sand Hostel, Gairloch

Conor Ryan

9-5-2015

19:50

Harbour Porpoise

4

off Rodel, Harris

Anne Milne

9-5-2015

16:30

Bottlenose Dolphin

3

Tobermory bay

Michael MacKinnon

8-5-2015

16:10

Bottlenose Dolphin

6

Corryvreckan

Lindsay Johnston

8-5-2015

15:58

Harbour Porpoise

6

minch and loch Bracadale

wild skye boat trips

8-5-2015

15:42

Minke Whale

1

Minch near loch Bracadale

wild skye boat trips

8-5-2015

14:20

Harbour Porpoise

3

Longa Sound, Gairloch

Conor Ryan Pippa Garrard

7-5-2015

19:45

Harbour Porpoise

2

Longa Sound, Gairloch

Conor Ryan Pippa Garrard

8-5-2015

15:15

Bottlenose Dolphin

6

Longa Sound, Gairloch

Conor Ryan Pippa Garrard

7-5-2015

15:00

Common Dolphin

4

Sound of Coll

Martin Bradley

7-5-2015

15:00

Minke Whale

1

Sound of Coll

Martin Bradley

6-5-2015

20:00

Orca (Killer) Whale

1

Armadale, Isle of skye

Willie Threlfall

6-5-2015

12:00

Harbour Porpoise

2

Between Kilchoan and Tobermory

Katie Duff

5-5-2015

18:05

Harbour Porpoise

1

N entrance Oban Bay

Pippa Garrard

5-5-2015

10:37

Bottlenose Dolphin

7

Grasspoint Cottage, Grasspoint

Esther Mckerracher

2-5-2015

14:00

Bottlenose Dolphin

5

sound of sleat

JAMES HERD

1-5-2015

20:32

Harbour Porpoise

2

Rubha na Gall lighthouse, Sound of Mull

Jonathan Biddle

1-5-2015

18:48

Harbour Porpoise

1

Tobermory Bay, Sound of Mull

Jonathan Biddle

19-4-2015

16:15

Harbour Porpoise

1

S of Ruhba an Ridire, Sound of Mull

Jonathan Biddle

14-4-2015

16:20

Harbour Porpoise

2

N of Salem, Sound of Mull

Jonathan Biddle

14-4-2015

15:47

Harbour Porpoise

2

SE of Loch Alien, Sound of Mull

Jonathan Biddle

29-4-2015

12:15

Harbour Porpoise

2

Rubha nan Gall

Alexa Kershaw

29-April-2015

08:10

Unidentified Dolphin species

8

Nr. Cailach point

Alan Crerar

28-4-2015

11:00

Bottlenose Dolphin

10

Calgary Bay

Kevin Topping

28-4-2015

19:49

Harbour Porpoise

5

Rubha nan Gall path

Vivi Bolin

24-4-2015

18:30

Unidentified Dolphin species

5

Sound of Iona

Jane Putsey

27-4-2015

13:20

Harbour Porpoise

2

near Ferry terminal on Mull

Edwina Hogg

22-4-2015

11:30

Bottlenose Dolphin

3

Loch Indaal, off Port Charlotte, Isle of Islay

Malcolm Ogilvie

21-4-2015

12:00

Bottlenose Dolphin

3

Kilnaughton Bay, Isle of Islay

Malcolm Ogilvie

24-4-2015

11:00

Harbour Porpoise

20

Rubha nan Gall

Irene Pinkerton

23-4-2015

13:30

Harbour Porpoise

7

Tobermory Bay

Silurian Crew

22-4-2015

11:15

Harbour Porpoise

6

Off Camastianavaig, Skye

jan storie

22-4-2015

10:58

Harbour Porpoise

1

Off Camastianavaig, Skye

jan storie

22-4-2015

10:49

Harbour Porpoise

4

Off Camastianavaig, Skye

jan storie

22-4-2015

09:38

Harbour Porpoise

4

Mouth of Loch Carron

jan storie

22-4-2015

09:33

Harbour Porpoise

2

NNW of Skye Bridge

jan storie

22-4-2015

09:17

Harbour Porpoise

4

NW of Skye Bridge

jan storie

22-4-2015

09:15

Harbour Porpoise

8

NW of Skye Bridge

jan storie

22-4-2015

09:03

Harbour Porpoise

8

NW of Skye Bridge

jan storie

22-4-2015

08:56

Harbour Porpoise

3

NW of Skye Bridge

jan storie

22-4-2015

08:34

Harbour Porpoise

2

Off Badiicaul

jan storie

22-4-2015

16:00

Harbour Porpoise

2

Tobermory Bay, fseen from Aros Park

Jane Putsey

21-4-2015

10:30

Harbour Porpoise

2

Gourock/hunters quay ferry

sorcha Cantwell

21-4-2015

10:10

Common Dolphin

1

Gourock/hunters quay ferry

sorcha cantwell

22-4-2015

07:50

Basking Shark

2

11.5nm West of Tiree

MPV MINNA

22-4-2015

08:21

Harbour Porpoise

30

Calve Island

Alexa Kershaw

21-4-2015

11:38

Harbour Porpoise

2

North West of Skye Bridge

jan storie

21-4-2015

11:32

Harbour Porpoise

2

North of Skye Bridge

jan storie

21-4-2015

20:28

Harbour Porpoise

3

Sound of Mull

Leanne Blair

19-April-2015

14:30

Bottlenose Dolphin

15

Carsaig Pier, Mull

Judith Dunkling

17-4-2015

13:59

Harbour Porpoise

4

Just outside Loch Scresort, Rum

jan storie

17-4-2015

13:37

Harbour Porpoise

3

E of Rum

jan storie

17-4-2015

12:46

Harbour Porpoise

1

Sound of Sleat, mid channel

jan storie

17-4-2015

11:36

Harbour Porpoise

8

Sound of Sleat off Armadale

jan storie

17-4-2015

11:31

Harbour Porpoise

1

Off Armadale, Skye

jan storie

19-4-2015

16:26

Harbour Porpoise

2

North of Gigha

Conor Ryan

19-4-2015

16:20

Harbour Porpoise

1

Northwest of Gigha

Conor Ryan

19-4-2015

16:04

Harbour Porpoise

4

Northwest of Gigha

Conor Ryan

19-4-2015

16:04

Harbour Porpoise

2

Between Jura and Gigha

Conor Ryan

5-4-2015

09:26

Harbour Porpoise

2

Kilbrannan Sound, North of Grogport, Kintyre

jan storie

18-4-2015

14:00

Harbour Porpoise

10

loch bracadale

wild skye boat trips

17-4-2015

09:47

Harbour Porpoise

3

Lochgoilhead

Frank Wood

10-4-2015

10:30

Bottlenose Dolphin

5

at north of iona

isobel ford

17-4-2015

11:30

Harbour Porpoise

10

loch bracadale

wild skye boat trips

17-4-2015

15:53

Risso's Dolphin

7

Off cliffs at Swordale, Isle of Lewis

Eilidh Mackay

28-March-2015

17:30

Bottlenose Dolphin

3

Carradale

David Briggs

16-4-2015

09:30

Unidentified Dolphin species

2

Loch Scridain

Ed Howarth

14-4-2015

14:00

Risso's Dolphin

8

Far aid head, sutherland

John Morrow

14-4-2015

14:10

Risso's Dolphin

8

Faraid Head

Rory Morrow

13-4-2015

11:15

Orca (Killer) Whale

2

23 sheshader , point

fern harrison

10-4-2015

12:00

Orca (Killer) Whale

5

I mile south west of tumpianhead

CHRIS MURRAY

9-4-2015

20:10

Unidentified Dolphin species

6

Ardmore Bay, Mull

Jon Biddle

9-4-2015

19:36

Harbour Porpoise

1

Ardmore Point , Mull

Jon Biddle

8-4-2015

16:55

Harbour Porpoise

1

N of Calve Island , Mull

Jon Biddle

10-4-2015

13:00

Harbour Porpoise

3

Tobermory Bay

Conor Ryan

10-4-2015

10:53

Harbour Porpoise

3

Largs

Sorcha Cantwell

8-4-2015

09:15

Harbour Porpoise

20

Loch Long

Argyll Cruising

5-4-2015

16:25

Harbour Porpoise

5

Geary, Waternish, Skye

Alan Sillence

5-4-2015

16:35

Common Dolphin

3

Geary, Waternish, Skye

Alan Sillence

5-4-2015

13:30

Harbour Porpoise

2

Arran

Argyll Cruising

6-4-2015

16:05

Harbour Porpoise

2

Mull sound north ofRubha na Gall lighthouse

Jonathan Biddle

6-4-2015

14:10

Harbour Porpoise

2

Tobermory Bay (Between ferry & Calve Island)

Jonathan Biddle

5-4-2015

20:05

Harbour Porpoise

3

Tobermory Bay inshore near moorings

Jonathan Biddle

4-4-2015

10:27

Bottlenose Dolphin

3

Ardnamurchan Lighthouse

Jonathan Biddle

4-4-2015

19:10

Harbour Porpoise

1

Tobermory Bay

Jonathan Biddle

3-4-2015

16:10

Harbour Porpoise

1

Tobermory Bay

Jonathan Biddle

1-4-2015

18:20

Harbour Porpoise

3

Tobermory Bay

Jonathan Biddle

29-3-2015

12:30

Harbour Porpoise

4

Tobermory

Jonathan Biddle

22-3-2015

18:35

Harbour Porpoise

2

Tobermory Bay (Between ferry & Calve Island)

Jonathan Biddle

21-3-2015

18:05

Harbour Porpoise

2

Mull sound near Rubha na Gall lighthouse

Jonathan Biddle

21-3-2015

16:22

Harbour Porpoise

3

Tobermory Bay (Between ferry & Calve Island)

Jonathan Biddle

20-3-2015

18:30

Harbour Porpoise

5

Tobermory Bay (Between ferry & Calve Island)

Jonathan Biddle

19-3-2015

17:24

Harbour Porpoise

3

Tobermory Bay (300m from lifeboat/ferry ramp)

Jonathan Biddle

6-April-2015

19:00

Bottlenose Dolphin

15

Staffin, Isle of Skye

Lloyd Briggs

6-4-2015

09:30

Bottlenose Dolphin

1

St Anthony head,

David Rogers

6-4-2015

17:27

Harbour Porpoise

3

Calve Island

Pippa Garrard

6-4-2015

11:30

Bottlenose Dolphin

6

Croig

fairlamb

6-4-2015

11:00

Harbour Porpoise

6

Sron Nam Brathan

D Garnett

5-4-2015

15:00

Harbour Porpoise

3

S. Duart Castle, Firth of Lorn

4-4-2015

17:00

Bottlenose Dolphin

6

Portnaluchaig Arisaig

Christine Campbell

4-4-2015

18:30

Harbour Porpoise

4

Sron Nam Brathan

D Smith

3-4-2015

13:30

Harbour Porpoise

3

Loch hourn

Lindsay Thatcher

3-4-2015

10:00

Basking Shark

3

Coll

Kenny Turnball (Facebook)

2-4-2015

12:00

Harbour Porpoise

2

Sron Nam Brathan

2-4-2015

13:30

Harbour Porpoise

2

Calve Island

Conor Ryan

2-4-2015

14:22

Harbour Porpoise

2

Longay, Skye

Ashley Shepherd

31-3-2015

11:50

Bottlenose Dolphin

6

Mallaig near harbour wall

Gary Dewhurst

30-3-2015

09:15

Bottlenose Dolphin

9

kylerhea narrows

peter macrae

21-2-2015

14:00

Common Dolphin

60

1 mile south of Chicken Rock Isle of Lewis

Kenneth Morrison

25-3-2015

11:15

Minke Whale

1

Chanonry Point

Sandie Hallington

30-8-2014

11:30

Common Dolphin

7

Between Rum and Canna

Birgit Ischner

19-3-2015

10:30

Harbour Porpoise

4

Loch Melfort

Owen Paisley

16-3-2015

17:30

Harbour Porpoise

4

Tobermory Bay

Jonathan Biddle

17-3-2015

18:00

Harbour Porpoise

1

East of Tobermory, Sound of Mull

Jonathan Biddle

17-3-2015

13:30

Harbour Porpoise

1

Malcolm's Point, Isle of Mull

Conor Ryan Vivi Bolin

15-3-2015

18:25

Harbour Porpoise

3

Lady's Rock, Lismore

Edd Hewett

13-3-2015

09:50

Harbour Porpoise

3

Firth of Lorne

Morgan Vaughan

8-3-2015

10:00

Bottlenose Dolphin

6

Tobermory Bay

Jim Traynor

10-March-2015

13:00

Unidentified Dolphin species

5

Glenborrodale

J Garnett

14-2-2015

16:15

Bottlenose Dolphin

5

Sound of Kerrera

Morven MacArthur

9-2-2015

15:45

Bottlenose Dolphin

6

Loch Indaal, off Bruichladdich, Isle of Islay

Malcolm Ogilvie

16-February-2015

11:25

Bottlenose Dolphin

6

Craignure Bay

Steve Wilson

17-2-2015

15:30

Bottlenose Dolphin

8

Fishnish Bay

Sebastian Shaw

16-February-2015

16:00

Bottlenose Dolphin

8

Between Fishnish and Lochaline

Susan Henderson

30-1-2015

13:25

Harbour Porpoise

2

Sound of Mull, between Fishnish and Lochaline

Kerry Froud

2-12-2014

14:00

Humpback Whale

1

Point, Isle of Lewis

Paul Ripley

9-2-2015

07:20

Common Dolphin

100

Mouth of Loch Shell

Ruairidh MacRae

11-2-2015

15:40

Bottlenose Dolphin

15

The Oa, Islay

david wood

9-2-2015

12:28

Bottlenose Dolphin

4

loch indaal, port charlotte, islay

katy mitten

7-2-2015

09:40

Harbour Porpoise

2

From MV Hebrides, north of Mull

Martin Finnigan

7-2-2015

09:30

Harbour Porpoise

3

Sound of Mull, south of Tobermory

Martin Finnigan

7-2-2015

09:30

Bottlenose Dolphin

10

From MV Hebrides, off Tobermory

Martin Finnigan

5-2-2015

14:00

Harbour Porpoise

4

loch bracadale

wild skye boat trips

26-1-2015

12:00

Unidentified Dolphin species

200

Ranaish, Isle of Lewis

Kenny Tom MacLeod

5-2-2015

13:15

Harbour Porpoise

3

Off the cliffs at Swordale, Isle of Lewis

Eilidh Mackay

5-2-2015

12:00

Unidentified Dolphin species

35

Off the cliffs at Swordale, Isle of Lewis

Eilidh Mackay

17-9-2014

10:15

Minke Whale

1

Loch Duich

Keith Fraser

21-7-2014

21:00

Minke Whale

1

Loch Duich

Keith Fraser

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