Minke whale baby boom

The Oban Times - - News -

SIGHT­INGS of ju­ve­nile minke whales off Scot­land’s west coast in­creased to the high­est ever record­ing within a sur­vey sea­son.

Marine re­search ex­pe­di­tions, car­ried out by Mull-based He­bridean Whale and Dol­phin Trust, in­di­cated either a sig­nifi - cant in­crease in ac­tual num­bers or an in­flux of minke whales from else­where. The char­ity’s 2015 re­search sea­son also recorded the high­est an­nual num­ber of com­mon dol­phin sight­ings since its ex­pe­di­tions be­gan, with 723 in­di­vid­u­als ob­served over 63 en­coun­ters. The trust’s en­counter rate with the species has more than dou­bled in 12 years.

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Minke whales off Scot­land’s west coast in­creased in 2015.

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