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

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