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 - 2014

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Date

Time

Species

No

Location

By

12-4-2014

12:30

Bottlenose Dolphin

7

Coming into Arnagour, Coll

Martin Finnigan

8-4-2014

14:00

Other types

1

Sandwood Bay, Surtherland

7-4-2014

13:34

Harbour Porpoise

3

clyde off West Kilbride

phil cheek

7-4-2014

12:06

Harbour Porpoise

1

Clyde off Wee Cumbrae southern tip

phil cheek

1-4-2014

09:30

Common Dolphin

6

Ardalanish Bay

Tony Francis

26-3-2014

16:06

Harbour Porpoise

1

S of Armadale, Sleat

jan storie

26-3-2014

15:47

Harbour Porpoise

3

Sound of Sleat between Mallaig and Ardvasar

jan storie

26-3-2014

14:06

Harbour Porpoise

1

Between Eigg and Mallaig

jan storie

26-3-2014

11:22

Harbour Porpoise

1

Off N End of Eigg

jan storie

26-3-2014

10:14

Harbour Porpoise

3

Loch Nevis (mouth)

jan storie

26-3-2014

09:32

Harbour Porpoise

1

Sound of Sleat, mid-channel

jan storie

26-3-2014

09:12

Harbour Porpoise

3

Sound of Sleat, off Armadale

jan storie

26-3-2014

19:22

Minke Whale

2

Torridon

North west cruises Mcneil

14-3-2014

09:00

Unidentified Dolphin species

1

River Plym

Matt Travis

13-3-2014

16:25

Harbour Porpoise

13

Sound of Sleat

jan storie

13-3-2014

14:52

Harbour Porpoise

12

Off Point of Sleat, Skye

jan storie

13-3-2014

13:49

Harbour Porpoise

6

N of Loch Scresort Rum,

jan storie

13-3-2014

13:35

Common Dolphin

2

Off E coast of Rum

jan storie

13-March-2014

13:13

Harbour Porpoise

1

Just off E coast of Canna

jan storie

11-March-2014

17:00

Sperm Whale

1

Gedintailor

Iain Galbraith

11-3-2014

15:10

Harbour Porpoise

1

Tarbert Argyll

Roy McIvor

11-March-2014

16:15

Sperm Whale

2

Camus Mor Bay, Gedintailor

Catherine Atkins

3-3-2014

15:00

Harbour Porpoise

1

Glenborrodale

7-2-2014

17:20

Harbour Porpoise

4

Little Loch Broom, Wester Ross

Paul Kerrison

8-2-2014

11:30

Minke Whale

1

14 miles North East of Butt of Lewis

Nick McKeown

6-2-2014

10:25

Common Dolphin

5

Ormsaigbeg Shore, Kilchoan

Trevor Potts

17-1-2014

11:31

Harbour Porpoise

2

Loch Scridain

Marie Fox

17-1-2014

16:14

Harbour Porpoise

4

Between Mallaig and Armadale

jan storie

17-1-2014

14:17

Harbour Porpoise

4

Sound of Sleat

jan storie

17-1-2014

14:09

Harbour Porpoise

13

Off Point of Sleat

jan storie

17-1-2014

13:53

Harbour Porpoise

5

Off N end of Eigg

jan storie

17-1-2014

12:57

Harbour Porpoise

1

Off Eigg Harbour

jan storie

17-1-2014

10:29

Harbour Porpoise

2

Sound of Sleat, mid channel

jan storie

17-1-2014

10:12

Harbour Porpoise

8

Mouth of Loch Nevis

jan storie

15-1-2014

10:30

Orca (Killer) Whale

3

3 miles west of Longa Island, Gairloch

Graeme Maclennan