Even although it was sunny at Chanonry Point this morning, it was a bitterly cold wind but I was happy anyway as I spotted two groups of dolphins travelling through the Chanonry Narrows - the 1.2km gap between the landmasses where the tides are so powerful.
Last week we explained that despite protection as an endangered species for the past ten years, the Southern Resident orca population has failed to show signs of long term recovery.
The Port Authority of Cromarty Firth in Scotland has given way to public pressure and extended a public consultation date (now Feb 8th) regarding a proposal to transfer millions of tonnes of crude oil between ships anchored near the mouth of the Firth.
CLICK HERE for this week's special feature, an interview with WDC's Erich Hoyt, Research Fellow and Program Lead for Critical Habitat and Marine Protected Areas.
Sightings of dolphins have been few and far between this month and I have only had my first proper sighting in the Inner Moray Firth yesterday. About 2 km out from the Rosemarkie shore where I was observing - a splash that was higher than the surrounding choppy sea indicated something breaching and lo and behold there it was - a young dolphin having fun with a few adults along side.
Who are the Southern Residents?
A new documentary, Vancouver Aquarium – Uncovered is available to view on Vimeo or watch below.
It has been a very quiet period recently for dolphin sightings around the Inner Moray Firth area, I have seen very little signs of cetaceans at all - lots of seabird activity mind you but the only sighting I have had of a dorsal fin was last Saturday - a juvenile Minke whale in the Chanonry Narrows.