ID#866 "Zephyr" and her eight month old baby were at a very cold and rough Chanonry Point this morning and even in the hail and sleet - this little bundle of joy just looked gorgeous...
At a wild and cold Chanonry Point yesterday I had the pleasure of watching two of our adopt a dolphin stars Kesslet and Sundance plus three other dolphins at work catching fish, mainly salmon but suddenly all five dolphins changed direction at incredible speed and went charging off into the distance - obviously in hot pursuit of something small
The migratory salmon are almost running in big enough enough numbers to get the attention of the local dolphin population around the Inner Moray Firth.
I have been along at the WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre for the last two days doing some training and it was lovely to be back at beautiful Spey Bay - I forget just what a special place it is.
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.
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.
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.
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.