Minkes spotted in Hebrides and Lochaber
The annual National Whale and Dolphin Watch event started on Saturday July 28 around the UK with a number of sightings around the Hebrides.
Every year, scientists at the Sea Watch Foundation lead a campaign to help members of the general public contribute to scientific endeavours to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises.
For more than 40 years, Sea Watch Foundation scientists as well as volunteer observers all around the coast have been reporting sightings of whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans) to inform Sea Watch’s database of records.
Cetaceans can be found all around the coast of the UK and, already, there have been a record number of species spotted.
Cetacean species spotted include minkes at a wide range of locations in the Hebrides – Colonsay, Lochaber, Staffin on the Isle of Skye, Peterburn by Gairloch, and off the coast of the Isle of Lewis to name just a few places.
During the nine-day event in 2017, 11 different whales and dolphins were recorded in UK waters. Most common was the tiny harbour porpoise which measures just a metre and a half when fully grown. Some 1,410 sightings were logged around the UK that week, which was the higher than in previous years.
For more facts and figures from last year’s event, read the 2017 National Whale and Dolphin Watch report.
All the verified sightings so far can be viewed on line at http://www. seawatchfoundation.org.uk/ nwdw-2018/