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.
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.
It was lovely to see two of the WDC Adoption dolphins - Moonlight and Mischief - in close to the beach at Chanonry Point yesterday and despite the strong and very cold North-Easterly wind the light was lovely and good for photography, great for picking out fine details on the dorsal fins of the dolphins - this is h
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.
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.
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
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.
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.