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 - 2017

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Date

Time

Species

No

Location

By

26-4-2017

17:45

Bottlenose Dolphin

2

Iona to Mull ferry

Mike Woods

27-4-2017

08:20

Harbour Porpoise

3

Between Gantocks rock and Dunoon shore

Alex Bisset

26-4-2017

09:00

Harbour Porpoise

1

Loch duich inverinate

22-4-2017

09:15

Bottlenose Dolphin

3

Loch Scavaig elgol s/w Skye

Duncan Henderson

27-3-2017

19:15

Unidentified Dolphin species

2

Off the cliffs at Swordale, Isle of Lewis

Eilidh Mackay

27-3-2017

18:45

Humpback Whale

1

Off the cliffs at Swordale, Isle of Lewis

Eilidh Mackay

24-4-2017

15:00

Bottlenose Dolphin

8

the oa, islay

david wood

19-4-2017

10:00

Bottlenose Dolphin

5

Fionnphort

Terry Ward

22-4-2017

10:59

Bottlenose Dolphin

25

Loch Beag, west coast Craignish Peninsula, Argyll

Andy Grant

13-4-2017

13:30

Bottlenose Dolphin

2

Between Gigha and Cara

Christina Macaulay

19-4-2017

14:09

Minke Whale

1

Inner Hebrides

andrew tait

19-4-2017

14:09

Harbour Porpoise

3

Inner Hebrides

andrew tait

20-4-2017

14:45

Harbour Porpoise

1

South of Kerrera

Rod White

20-4-2017

12:24

Harbour Porpoise

1

West of Seil Island

Rod White

19-4-2017

11:44

Harbour Porpoise

1

Sound of Jura

Rod White

19-4-2017

11:05

Harbour Porpoise

1

Sound of Jura

Rod White

19-4-2017

10:00

Harbour Porpoise

4

Off Ghiga

Rod White

22-4-2017

09:01

Harbour Porpoise

5

Tobermory Bay

andrew tait

20-4-2017

16:35

Harbour Porpoise

1

Tobermorey Harbour

Steve Slatter

20-4-2017

18:30

Bottlenose Dolphin

7

From slipway, Kylerhea, Isle of Skye

John Hartshorn

15-4-2017

15:00

Bottlenose Dolphin

5

Just off Sron Beag into Kilchoan Bay.

20-4-2017

11:00

Bottlenose Dolphin

12

Off Scarinish - tiree

Clansman

11-4-2017

15:30

Harbour Porpoise

2

Loch Linnie

Judith Beddows

18-4-2017

19:00

Bottlenose Dolphin

4

Scarinish, Tiree

Edmund Willatts

17-4-2017

12:40

Harbour Porpoise

2

Firth Lorn

Alexandra Hewitt

17-4-2017

09:00

Bottlenose Dolphin

7

Kylerhea

John Hartshorn

17-4-2017

14:45

Harbour Porpoise

3

Kilbrannan Sound

Ian Rimmer

17-4-2017

10:35

Harbour Porpoise

1

Sound of Mull

17-4-2017

12:00

Harbour Porpoise

1

Kilchoan to Tobermory crossing 1/4 journey in

Emma Cooper

16-4-2017

11:30

Harbour Porpoise

8

loch bracadale

Wild Skye Boat Trips

16-4-2017

13:30

Minke Whale

2

Off Stoerhead Lighthouse, Assynt, Sutherland

David and Avril Haines

14-4-2017

09:30

Harbour Porpoise

1

near Eilean Dubh, east of Lismore

David Jardine

14-4-2017

09:15

Harbour Porpoise

3

Firth off Lorne, north of Kerrera

David Jardine

14-4-2017

12:47

Harbour Porpoise

2

Loch Duich, off Letterfearn

jan storie

14-4-2017

17:00

Bottlenose Dolphin

6

Southend, Kintyre

Peter Munford

13-4-2017

13:19

Bottlenose Dolphin

20

Isle of Lunga

Dean McLean

13-4-2017

09:50

Bottlenose Dolphin

3

Milton, Tiree

Martin Finnigan

11-4-2017

12:30

Bottlenose Dolphin

1

Carsaig Bay

Sarah Hutchinson

12-4-2017

11:10

Bottlenose Dolphin

3

Duart Castle

Lynsey Bland

9-4-2017

09:52

Harbour Porpoise

3

Loch Duich, off Letterfearn

jan storie

10-4-2017

12:30

Bottlenose Dolphin

12

Loch Buie

5-4-2017

08:30

Bottlenose Dolphin

5

Loch Scavaig elgol s/w Skye

DuncanHenderson

10-4-2017

16:30

Harbour Porpoise

4

near Ladys Rock

Nancy Somerville

9-4-2017

11:30

Bottlenose Dolphin

6

Duart Castle

Judith Copland

8-4-2017

12:00

Harbour Porpoise

1

Loch Sunart

Liz Jarratt

7-4-2017

07:32

Harbour Porpoise

2

Loch long south of Arrochar

donald illingworth

2-4-2017

17:30

Orca (Killer) Whale

3

Dalmore Beach, Isle of Lewis

Lyndsey Dubberley

5-4-2017

15:11

Bottlenose Dolphin

7

Torrans, Isle of Mull

John Williams

5-4-2017

15:05

Bottlenose Dolphin

5

Easedale

Zoe Davidson

25-3-2017

14:48

Bottlenose Dolphin

4

Rubh Arisaig

Douglas Wilcox

2-4-2017

15:00

Harbour Porpoise

1

Off Calve Island, Tobermory

2-4-2017

18:00

Orca (Killer) Whale

3

Dalmore beach near Carloway

Stephen Clelland

2-4-2017

12:10

Minke Whale

1

Off 'the Lump', in Portree, Skye

Nigel Douglas

1-4-2017

13:05

Risso's Dolphin

3

Off Stoerhead Lighthouse, Assynt, Sutherland

David and Avril Haines

31-3-2017

09:57

Harbour Porpoise

5

Loch Duich, off Letterfearn

jan storie

31-3-2017

08:20

Harbour Porpoise

6

Summer isles, Wester Ross

Mark Farrow

30-3-2017

08:00

Harbour Porpoise

2

Summer isles, Wester Ross

Mark Farrow

30-3-2017

09:52

Harbour Porpoise

5

Loch Duich, off Letterfearn

jan storie

27-3-2017

12:05

Bottlenose Dolphin

4

Rubh Arisaig

Douglas Wilcox

30-3-2017

12:50

Harbour Porpoise

1

Bowness on Solway

R Jones

27-3-2017

16:23

Harbour Porpoise

1

Sound of Sleat

jan storie

27-3-2017

16:14

Harbour Porpoise

1

Sound of Sleat, mid channel

jan storie

27-3-2017

14:23

Harbour Porpoise

3

Off Rum

Conor

27-3-2017

13:30

Harbour Porpoise

3

Sound of Rum

jan storie

27-3-2017

09:33

Harbour Porpoise

2

Sound of Sleat

jan storie

28-March-2017

14:35

Harbour Porpoise

2

Near Duart Castle

Nancy Somerville

28-March-2017

14:15

Harbour Porpoise

2

En route from Oban to Craignure

Nancy Somerville

27-3-2017

16:30

Harbour Porpoise

1

Summer Isles

Mark Farrow

27-3-2017

13:05

Bottlenose Dolphin

4

Arisaig

Douglas Craig

27-3-2017

15:15

Bottlenose Dolphin

7

Eoligarry, Barra

Bruce Taylor

26-3-2017

19:00

Harbour Porpoise

3

Vatersay

Bruce Taylor

26-3-2017

16:01

Harbour Porpoise

2

Loch Duich

jan storie

26-3-2017

14:37

Harbour Porpoise

4

Loch Duich, off Letterfearn

jan storie

26-3-2017

12:19

Harbour Porpoise

5

Loch Duich, off Letterfearn

jan storie

26-3-2017

14:15

Risso's Dolphin

1

Off Bay of Stoer, Assynt, Sutherland

David and Avril Haines

26-3-2017

13:30

Risso's Dolphin

2

Off Bay of Clachtoll, Assynt, Sutherland

David and Avril Haines

25-3-2017

11:05

Harbour Porpoise

6

Off Bay of Culkein, Assynt, Sutherland

David and Avril Haines

25-3-2017

10:34

Harbour Porpoise

5

Loch Duich, off Letterfearn

jan storie

23-3-2017

10:30

Bottlenose Dolphin

8

Fionnphort

Terry Ward

23-3-2017

18:46

Other types

1

Just off Wemyss Point about a mile north of Wemyss

Stephen Williams

23-3-2017

11:49

Harbour Porpoise

2

Loch Bracadale

Wild Skye Boat Trips

19-3-2017

15:30

Harbour Porpoise

5

Balcary Point, Dumfries & Galloway

Danny Carden

20-3-2017

16:15

Humpback Whale

1

Loch long

V Deeney

19-3-2017

16:10

Harbour Porpoise

6

Tobermory Bay

Lynsey Bland

19-3-2017

12:59

Harbour Porpoise

5

Loch Duich, off Letterfearn

jan storie

18-3-2017

11:03

Harbour Porpoise

4

Loch Duich, off Letterfearn

jan storie

11-3-2017

14:50

Bottlenose Dolphin

10

Whisky Cave-Treshnish Walk

Lynsey Bland

11-3-2017

16:50

Bottlenose Dolphin

10

Calgary Bay

Mike Tetley

12-3-2017

16:20

Humpback Whale

1

Kinghorn harbour

April Nicholson

11-3-2017

11:59

Harbour Porpoise

1

Loch Tarbert, Harris

jan paula

11-3-2017

10:49

Other types

5

Little Minch

jan paula

11-3-2017

15:30

Unidentified Dolphin species

20

Lower Killeyan, Islay

Morag MacMillan

9-3-2017

16:20

Common Dolphin

5

Brevig, Isle of Barra

Bruce Taylor

6-3-2017

16:19

Harbour Porpoise

1

Sound of Sleat

jan paula frank

6-3-2017

15:31

Harbour Porpoise

1

Sound of Sleat, off Mallaig

jan paula frank

6-3-2017

15:15

Harbour Porpoise

1

Sound of Sleat, mid channel

jan paula frank

6-3-2017

09:31

Harbour Porpoise

1

Sound of Sleat, off Armadale

jan paula frank

5-March-2017

12:05

Harbour Porpoise

2

Tobermory Lighthouse

Lynsey Bland

5-3-2017

11:15

Harbour Porpoise

2

Portavady to Tarbert

Tom Callan

1-3-2017

12:00

Bottlenose Dolphin

6

Caliach Point, Mull

Ewan Miles

1-3-2017

13:00

Orca (Killer) Whale

5

Caliach Point, Mull

Ewan Miles

16-5-2016

08:38

Minke Whale

1

Kilbrannan Sound

Margaret Nisbet

3-3-2017

10:35

Other types

3

Just a few miles north of Berwick Upon Tweed.

Ronald Potter

24-February-2017

12:45

Common Dolphin

1

Sound of Mull, nr Salen

Pippa Garrard

1-3-2017

16:23

Orca (Killer) Whale

2

South of Muck

HWDT Team

27-2-2017

15:15

Orca (Killer) Whale

2

Near Neist Point

Ian Dorman

28-2-2017

16:30

Unidentified Dolphin species

4

Sound of Sleat near Armadale pier

Alan Gibson

27-2-2017

14:30

Harbour Porpoise

2

Loch Long

Douglas Craig

25-2-2017

10:09

Common Dolphin

1

Just before Aros Mains

Lynsey Bland

18-2-2017

14:00

Harbour Porpoise

1

Isle of Arran

Simon Davies

18-2-2017

15:58

Harbour Porpoise

3

Tobermory lighthouse

Lynsey Bland

17-2-2017

13:15

Harbour Porpoise

3

Loch striven

Harry Coates

17-2-2017

13:30

Harbour Porpoise

24

Off Clachtoll, Assynt, Sutherland

Davd and Avril Haines

17-2-2017

12:00

Harbour Porpoise

8

Off Clachtoll, Assynt, Sutherland

David and Avril Haines

15-February-2017

15:00

Harbour Porpoise

10

Summer isles

David Barker

15-2-2017

15:15

Harbour Porpoise

2

Summer isles, Wester Ross

Mark Farrow

15-2-2017

11:18

Harbour Porpoise

1

Kilchattan bay, bute

mel sugden

10-2-2017

08:19

Harbour Porpoise

3

Portavadie to Tarbert

Tom Callan

10-2-2017

15:00

Risso's Dolphin

12

Achmelvich

Noel Living Seas

11-2-2017

08:30

Risso's Dolphin

3

Summer isles, Wester Ross

Mark Farrow

11-2-2017

14:42

Risso's Dolphin

2

Off Stoerhead Lighthouse, Assynt, Sutherland

David and Avril Haines

11-2-2017

14:25

Harbour Porpoise

6

Off Stoerhead Lighthouse, Assynt, Sutherland

David and Avril Haines

8-2-2017

15:43

Common Dolphin

1

Between Largs and Great Cumbrae

Elaine Cowie

8-2-2017

15:35

Harbour Porpoise

8

Between Largs and Great Cumbrae

Elaine Cowie

10-2-2017

11:30

Humpback Whale

1

LOCH SHELL

Ruairidh Macrae

7-2-2017

16:14

Harbour Porpoise

2

Sound of Sleat, mid channel

jan storie

7-2-2017

16:08

Harbour Porpoise

1

Sound of Sleat

jan storie

7-2-2017

15:36

Harbour Porpoise

1

Off Mallaig

jan storie

7-2-2017

15:31

Harbour Porpoise

2

Sound of Sleat, off Mallaig

jan storie

7-2-2017

14:33

Harbour Porpoise

2

Off Rum

jan storie

7-2-2017

11:23

Harbour Porpoise

2

Between Pt of Sleat and Rum

jan storie

7-2-2017

11:08

Harbour Porpoise

2

Between Pt of Sleat and Rum

jan storie

7-2-2017

11:03

Harbour Porpoise

2

Between Pt of Sleat and Rum

jan storie

7-2-2017

10:56

Harbour Porpoise

2

Between Pt of Sleat and Rum

jan storie

7-2-2017

10:45

Harbour Porpoise

7

Sound of Sleat, mid channel

jan storie

7-2-2017

10:44

Harbour Porpoise

2

Sound of Sleat

jan storie

7-2-2017

10:35

Harbour Porpoise

2

Sound of Sleat

jan storie

7-2-2017

10:32

Harbour Porpoise

3

Sound of Sleat, mid channel

jan storie

7-2-2017

10:30

Harbour Porpoise

2

Sound of Sleat

jan storie

7-2-2017

09:44

Harbour Porpoise

2

Sound of Sleat

jan storie

7-2-2017

09:26

Harbour Porpoise

2

Sound of Sleat

jan storie

22-June-2016

16:00

Common Dolphin

10

Camas Tianabhaig, Sound of Raasay

Bill Haylock

5-2-2017

02:00

Bottlenose Dolphin

3

Fidden Farm, Fionnphort

Jane Putsey

5-2-2017

12:00

Harbour Porpoise

7

Straits of Kylerea and Glenelg Bay

Robin Millar

4-2-2017

11:10

Harbour Porpoise

2

North of Lismore

Lynsey Bland

4-2-2017

11:02

Harbour Porpoise

2

Craignure Bay

Lynsey Bland

3-2-2017

16:40

Bottlenose Dolphin

8

Port Charlotte

Michael Peacock

29-1-2017

14:45

Bottlenose Dolphin

6

A Chleit north of Muasdale, West Kintyre

Ed Tyler

30-January-2017

14:00

Bottlenose Dolphin

10

A Chleit north of Muasdale, West Kintyre

Ed Tyler

31-1-2017

13:20

Bottlenose Dolphin

15

A Chleit north of Muasdale, West Kintyre

Edward Tyler

29-1-2017

16:50

Orca (Killer) Whale

2

Neist Point, Isle of Skye

Andy Stables

30-1-2017

11:20

Harbour Porpoise

3

Lower Loch Fyne

Tom Callan

28-1-2017

16:09

Harbour Porpoise

4

South of Lealt Falls, Skye

jan paula

28-1-2017

15:54

Harbour Porpoise

1

South of Lealt Falls, Skye

jan paula

28-1-2017

15:54

Unidentified Dolphin species

2

South of Lealt Falls, Skye

jan paula

28-1-2017

15:04

Harbour Porpoise

3

Sound of Raasay, off Camustianavaig

jan paula

28-1-2017

14:29

Harbour Porpoise

3

Sound of Raasay, off Camustianavaig

jan paula

28-1-2017

14:25

Harbour Porpoise

3

Sound of Raasay, off Camustianavaig

jan paula

28-1-2017

10:59

Harbour Porpoise

1

Loch Tarbert, Harris

jan paula

29-1-2017

15:30

Humpback Whale

1

Off the cliffs at Swordale, Isle of Lewis

Eilidh Mackay

20-1-2017

11:30

Harbour Porpoise

1

Off Stoerhead Lighthouse, Assynt, Sutherland

D and A Haines

23-1-2017

14:30

Humpback Whale

1

East Loch Roag, Lewis

Noel Living Seas

22-January-2017

13:25

Harbour Porpoise

1

Mouth of Loch Goil, Argyll

Douglas Craig

22-1-2017

14:30

Minke Whale

3

Machair Bay Isle of Islay

Niall Oliver

21-1-2017

13:00

Humpback Whale

1

3km east of Stornoway

Ocean Alba

19-January-2017

12:30

Humpback Whale

1

Off Pettycur Bay (Fife), East Coast

Thomas Goater

18-1-2017

12:10

Harbour Porpoise

2

Off Rubh'an Dunain, Assynt, Sutherland

D and A Haines

17-January-2017

10:00

Harbour Porpoise

3

Ardyne fishfarm, Bute

Tom Reade

16-1-2017

13:41

Common Dolphin

4

Sound of Raasay, off Camustianavaig

jan paula

16-1-2017

12:29

Common Dolphin

12

Sound of Raasay

jan paula

14-January-2017

11:59

Humpback Whale

1

Firth of Forth 2 miles off Kinghorn, East Coast

Leanne Taylor

10-January-2017

13:15

Minke Whale

2

Between Holm and Swordale, East Coast

Calum Macleod

8-1-2017

13:20

Orca (Killer) Whale

2

South Minch

8-January-2017

13:15

Minke Whale

1

Covesea, East Coast

Keith & Pammie Steel

7-1-2017

14:55

Harbour Porpoise

2

Sound of Sleat

jan paula

7-1-2017

14:49

Harbour Porpoise

1

Sound of Sleat

jan paula

7-1-2017

14:46

Harbour Porpoise

2

Sound of Sleat

jan paula

7-1-2017

14:37

Harbour Porpoise

3

Between Eigg and Mallaig

jan paula

7-1-2017

10:41

Harbour Porpoise

1

Sound of Sleat

jan paula

7-1-2017

10:31

Harbour Porpoise

3

Sound of Sleat

jan paula

6-1-2017

11:43

Minke Whale

2

Loch Leurbost/ at Ranish

Kenneth Macleod

1-January-2017

12:22

Humpback Whale

0

Buckie, East Coast

Alex Theodorou