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Humpback whale. Image: Christopher Swann

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A Nice Visit By Kesslet & Friend

After being at WDC HQ in England all week it was lovely to return to Inverness yesterday and see Adopt a Dolphin star ID#433 “Kesslet” and her friend ID#748 “Scoopy” (known as “Flosse” in Germany) hunting in the rising tide current in the Kessock Channel. It was a very sunny but bitterly cold day and the vented breath as the dolphins exhaled showed well against the cold air…

Above: ID#433 “Kesslet” venting in the cold air – Kessock Channel – Scotland

Below: ID#748 “Scoopy” venting in the cold air – Kessock Channel – Scotland

The dolphin activity has slowed down around this area now as winter draws in and it was a lovely bonus to spend some time in the company of these two lovely, wild and free dolphins – the way they ALL should be !

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About Charlie Phillips

Field officer - Adopt a Dolphin