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Whale And Dolphin Watching In Highland - Leaflet Pdf
13 September 08
BDMLR currently has a team of medics in the Caithness and Sutherland area, however with around 160 miles of Scottish coastline to cover, more medics are always needed.
During the Grey seal pupping season (Oct-Jan) the team has in excess of fifty calls from members of the public regarding sick and injured seal pups. In recent weeks they have been called to asses three Common seal pups, a trapped Minke whale calf and monitor a pod of dolphins. The work is interesting and varied giving medics the opportunity to visit some of the beautiful Caithness and Sutherland coastline and at the same time helping these wonderful mammals.
BDMLR are running a training course for new medics on 27 September 2008 at Lybster. The day long course gives the new team members the initials skills needed to asses whales, dolphins and seals on the beach. Then running through the practical skills needed to re-float stranded whales and dolphins where it is practical and appropriate.
To find out more or book a place on the course visit the training section of the BDMLR web site www.bdmlr.org.uk or phone Sue White on :- 01825-765546
For local information you could call Richard the Golspie to Durness area Coordinator on 07768315216. To report a stranding or seal in difficulty call the national number which is manned 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
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NATIONAL WHALE AND
DOLPHIN WATCH WEEKEND
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UK Report on Cetacean Watch Weekend 2 August 2002
Results from Caithness. Saturday; Dunnet Bay Group 29 July 2002
of 5-7 bottlenose between claredon head and east of Holborn head. they appeared to come in with the P & 0 ferry.They have been in Dunnet bay this past week since the Wednesday and have had good views of them. More or less sure they are the same animals though can`t be certain.
We also looked from gills bay mid morning but only one person thought they saw a fin of something and that`s it. SUN a.m. Strathy point terrible conditions wet and harr. but one dolphin seen thought to be a bottlenose just off shore. pm watched from lybster still raining but no mists. nothing seen.
WHALE SURVEY 2000/2001
North/North East coast of Scotland
Results of survey 4
For further information contact the Ranger Service Tel 01847 821531
Date of survey was from April 2000 to March 31st 2001
This guide has been written to accompany the 2000 N/NE Coast Cetacean Survey. It will show you how to go about looking for cetaceans and what key identifying points to look for when spotting a whale, dolphin or porpoise.
More information is desperately needed about the status, distribution and movements of these mammals in our waters so we would ask you to send us records of any sightings you make.
What to look for:
ORCA OR KILLER WHALE
The best places on land to whale watch are headlands such as Cape Wrath, Strathy Point, Holborn Head, Dunnet Head, Noss Head and the Pentland Firth where strong currents bring in prey species such as herring, mackerel and squid. Pick a calm day with good visibility out to sea. If the sea is rough with lots of white water you may as well give up.
Be prepared to sit patiently for a couple of hours constantly scanning out to sea with binoculars or telescope. It is usually best to watch 2 hours before sunset or 2 hours after dawn as the light will be better for seeing. Look out for gulls congregating in a feeding frenzy above a shoal of mackerel or herring.
The most useful information will be obtained if you regularly got to one site and watch 2-3 hours once a month or more. Make sure you record weather, the state of the sea, and what you see. Remember all information is important, even days when you see nothing.
It is also possible to see other species that have been recorded in the area but not illustrated on this page which include: Humpback whale, Beluga, Sperm whale, Northern bottlenosed whale, Sowerby's whale, Sei whale, Common dolphin and False killer whale.
Recording forms and further details can be obtained from the address below.
All information and sightings should be sent to:
Highland Council Ranger Service