Charlie Phillips here, I’m the adopt a dolphin field officer for WDC and I think that I have one of the best jobs in the world in the North East coast of Scotland near Inverness.
After a week or two of sporadic and very brief sightings of WDC adopt a dolphin star, Kesslet out past Rosemarkie Bay, it was a lovely sight at the end of last week to see her for the first time this season hunting in the Kessock Channel. This is the narrow area of water in the north east of Scotland, between the city of Inverness and the Black Isle village of North Kessock.
It has been unusually quiet for dolphin sightings around the Inner Moray Firth over the festive holiday period and I was hoping that by this stage in January that I would have something to tell you and maybe even a photo or two to show but no luck so far I'm afraid.
Very best wishes to all of you lovely dolphin adopters and supporters out there from all of us at WDC - I'm hoping to be out and about soon after New Year having a good look round for anything out there with a dorsal fin but until then - have a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year !
I had word from a contact of mine the other day who does bird watching at Tarbat Ness in the Dornoch Firth, a bit North from here, that he spotted over fifteen Bottlenose dolphins hunting for fish with lots of gull activity overhead.
It's a quiet time for seeing dolphins at the moment - nearly all the local dolphins are away out to sea, looking for tasty herring to scoff but every now and then a dorsal fin will break the surface - like WDC Adopt a Dolphin star Kesslet who has been seen popping in and out of her home territory in the Kessock Cha
I often get sent photos of Bottlenose dolphins from all over Scotland to look at to see if I can identify them, and thanks to the images sent to me by Mr Douglas Gordon of Portmahomack, who was on a fishing trip in the Dornoch Firth (about 25km away from the Cromarty Firth) onboard a small boat last Sunday (8th) - I know where big WDC
It's getting quieter and quieter by the day for dolphins sightings arond the inner Moray Firth and you have go do a bit of travelling around to see any of the bigger groups - there are a few 1's and 2's dolphin combinations travelling around like Kesslet and Charlie or Zephyr and young ZuZu and recently while out on a trip we came across Scoopy or "Flosse" as he is called by our