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Lifting The Spirits

While out on an unplanned and unexpected boat trip last Sunday I was really pleased to see a group of dolphins heading west past Hopeman on the Moray Firth coast.

Rain, Rain, Come Again...

We have had a very dry spell of weather up here in the Moray Firth area of Scotland for a long time and at long last there has been some heavy rain to raise the river levels a little and this means that the migratory salmon will start running in from the sea again after a week or two of little activity.

Rainbow at Last!

Today I had my first good sighting of WDC adoption star Rainbow this season, I knew she had been spotted recently by Sarah from the Ecoventures tour boat but it was great getting her and her lovely son Indigo in my cameras viewfinder again.

Some Sad News...

Sadly we think that Kesslet has lost her latest baby at around 7 months old as it has been over two weeks now with no sightings of a cute little dinky dorsal fin next to either Kesslet or Charlie. Dolphins calves at this age are still very maternally dependant and couldn't survive on their own.

A Tasty Bite !

Migratory salmon are being caught more regularly now at Chanonry Point by the resident dolphins including some of the WDC Adopt a Dolphin stars but possibly the most famous dolphin that catches fish locally is lovely "Zephyr" as she often catches fish that are a little too big to be swallowed right away.

Go For It Moonlight!

Every so often some of the bottlenose dolphins in the Inner Moray Firth come across boats and ships of all shapes and sizes and being the intelligent and often curious mammals that they are - they will sometimes interact with the boats by maybe bow-riding, like this recent photo of WDC Adopt a Dolphin "Moonlight" w

Dinner Is Served...

It's great to see some dolphins beginning to visit Chanonry Point after the winter and recently big Scoopy or "Flosse" to our WDC colleagues in Germany ("Flosse" meaning fin or flipper in German) has turned up and immediately caught himself a lovely big salmon, maybe 6kg in weight - good to see him keeping his strength up.

My Dolphin Season Gets Under Way...

After a few frustrasting weeks of playing hide and seek with Kesslet and her baby I have managed, finally, to get a few (poor) photos of them in Inverness Harbour but I was hoping to see them nearer to my camera today at Chanonry where I had two WDC colleagues with me, Tracey and Helen, who braved the cold North East wind and misty conditions.

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