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Wear A Bigger Jacket...

Hi Everyone,

It is getting very windy, grey and cold up here in the Moray Firth and the light levels during the day are really dropping. Sightings of our dolphins round about Kessock and Chanonry are getting less and less but a little patience can be rewarded. Go equipped with a pair of binoculars, warm layers of clothing and a really big jacket to places like Spey Bay, Chanonry Point and the Kessock Channel and keep watching as winter fish like sprats and herring are starting to arrive which can tempt dolphins to travel around the coast looking for snacks.

The Calm After The Storm...

Hi Everyone,

Well, that was some wild weather we have just had, floods, gales, huge surges in tides...thankfully all calm again and good for observing the sea. Sadly not much with a dorsal fin being seen in my area over the last few days but I did have around ten dolphins wander past Chanonry late last week with Kesslet and new baby coming fairly close to the Point as you can see in the photo below.

Mums The Word...Again !

Hi Everyone,

More new baby news from the Moray Firth... The Kessock Channel this time and our lovely Kesslet has given birth to a brand new little bundle of joy in the last few days !

Boys Will Be Boys....

Hi Everyone,

Dolphin sightings around the Kessock Channel and Chanonry are pretty quiet just at the moment. I was at our Scottish Dolphin Centre at Spey Bay last Sunday and at one stage in the distance about 1.5km away we had around 20 dolphins, some with small babies travelling past heading east. It was lovely to see them and a while later travelling in the other direction was a juvenile Minke whale !

Mums The Word...

I have some great news from the Inner Moray Firth about two of our adoption dolphin girls - Spirit and Moonlight have had new babies recently !

Barbara from the Aberdeen University Lighthouse Field Station and I have held this news back for a week or so just to make absolutely sure. We always like to see a Mum and new baby at least twice and for a decent amount of time together before we confirm it.

The photo below is our lovely Spirit with her latest little bundle of joy...

You Can't Keep A Good Dolphin Down !

Hi Everyone,

Things are still a little bit quiet around Chanonry Point - there are some dolphins around but they are not doing very much, most are saving energy instead until the salmon run speeds up a bit... unless of course you happen to be Charlie and then of course you have to go and say "Hello" to any tanker that passes through the shipping lane !

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Nobody Here But Kesslet...

Hi Everyone,

It's a bit on the quiet side for dolphin sightings where I am at the moment. I'm just getting over a bad cold so I stayed at North Kessock today and watched Kesslet fishing by herself quietly in the incoming tide.

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Babies Everywhere...

Hi Everyone,

I had a really nice (and unexpected) Photo ID trip with my friends from Aberdeen University recently and although the weather wasn't brilliant it was still good enough to get some nice pictures. We came across twenty or so dolphins including no less than FIVE of this years babies scooting about with their Mums including ID#1028 "Lilith" and her gorgeous wee bundle.

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