Spe­cial sight­ing of minke whales

The Oban Times - - Community News -

VOL­UN­TEERS had a whale of a time when they caught a rare sight off Kil­choan Bay.

Re­searchers from the He­bridean Whale and Dol­phin trust and vol­un­teers who sup­port them were head­ing home from a 12- day sur­vey on the Sil­urian ves­sel when they came across the Minke whales.

Dr Conor Ryan said: ‘These are a fairly rare find. We would come across maybe four or five in one year through all of the work we do. It is par­tic­u­larly rare to see them in the wa­ter be­tween Mull and Kil­choan, so it was very spe­cial for us.’

The two whales looked like they were adult and in­fant and in­ter­acted with the sur­vey boat last month. Dr Ryan said: ‘They ap­proached us and swam un­der and be­side the boat for some time. That in­quis­i­tive be­hav­iour is quite rare, so it was very ex­cit­ing.’

Dr Ryan’s col­league Jonathan Bid­dle ran to the ‘crow’s nest’ on the ves­sel - the high­est point - where he man­aged to cap­ture the ex­cep­tional pho­to­graph.

The team is keen to get more vol­un­teers on board with them. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact them on 01688 302620.

RARE SIGHT: One of two minke whales pic­tured off

Kil­choan Bay last month

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