Basking shark
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Monthly Sightings Reports

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 sighting HERE.

Each month HWDT publishes a summary report of the sightings recorded via our Community Sightings Network. In summer we receive the greatest number of sightings while winter is a quiet time. This is partly due to the number of species present but also reflects the sea state and number of people on the water watching for whales, dolphins and porpoises. In winter, fewer people are watching and the sea state more frequently makes sightings difficult, or even impossible. Also non-resident species have migrated for the winter. At this time of year HWDT receives more strandings reports than at other time as storms can wash animals ashore. These seasonal variations will be reflected in our reports.

Select the monthly report you wish to view from the panel on the left of this page.

March 2012

Recorded sightings have increased significantly this month with 16 sightings sumbitted: 3 of bottlenose dolphins, 11 of porpoises, 1 probable sighting of a common dolphin, and one sighting of an unidentified dolphin in Cove, Grampian. One family spent some time with a group of 6 feeding bottlenoses between Easdale and Belnahua islands, while a fisherman spotted a group of 14 in the Sound of Jura - an area where he regularly sees dolphins. One of our regular 'sighters' Jan Storie spotted a number of harbour porpoise around Skye and Mallaig on the ferry during a beautiful calm day.  We expect our sightings to start to increase now that Spring is underway (despite the snow last week!), so remember to record any cetaceans you see on via our online sightings form.

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