When you are studying dolphins all the time you can become a little complacent and it sometimes takes a visitors comments to make you remember a) how lucky you are and b) just how big these dolphins appear to be.
The Bottlenose dolphin is possibly the most socially active of the dolphin species that we get in the chilly waters of the Moray Firth and North East Coast of Scotland and many people that visit this area want to see the dolphins doing one thing – breaching or jumping clear out of the water.
The seasonal migratory salmon run is a little better at the moment with dolphins tucking in to tasty fish - as you can see in the photo below of ID#1025 "Charlie", 8 year old son of Adopt a Dolphin "Kesslet" and his huge catch that will do very nicely for lunch.
When you are involved in watching and studying bottlenose dolphin behaviour for any length of time, you begin to notice certain body positions that occur every so often and one that fascinates me is an activity known as “S” posturing.
Up here in the Moray Firth, in North East Scotland summer doesn’t really seem to have started at all with only a few days where the sun has come out and dried the place up a little.
Summer seems to be struggling to start up here in the Moray Firth with the poor weather being a bit of a challenge and a very erratic salmon run is causing the dolphins to be scattered over a wide area instead of concentrated at Chanonry Point.
A question that our staff and volunteers are asked hundreds of times a year is the "When is the best time to see dolphins?" There is not a hard and fast rule to this as the dolphins are resident in the Moray Firth and North East Scotland and can technically be watched all year round - if you know where to go...
As the North East Scotland population of dolphins are reckoned to be amongst the biggest and fattest of their species - they really need to find good food just about every day to help maintain their insulation layer and keep the cold out in the chilly waters around here.