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.
For all of you that come to see the dolphins from Chanonry Point - the car park area is closed to vehicle traffic now until the 24th March for a badly needed upgrade which will hopefully make parking a little easier and make the place look a bit tidier too.
As 2015 draws rapidly to a close I thought that I would have a fond look back at the highs and (thankfully not many) lows of the 2015 dolphin season and the lovely dolphins that you adopt up here in the Inner Moray Firth.
As the first snowfall of winter paints the mountain tops white, my job of finding some of the resident dolphins that are on our Adopt a Dolphin programme gets a little more difficult as generally the weather isn't quite so good for watching or for photography.
I had a nice surprise in the Kessock Channel near Inverness yesterday - there in the rising tide was Kesslet, one of the WDC adoption dolphins and her big friend Scoopy. They were hunting for the very last of the migratory salmon that were running to a nearby river and I caught a glimpse of Kesslet with a fish in her mouth.