The sightings of the resident Bottlenose dolphins around the peninsula called Chanonry Point - the place that I call my "office", are getting fewer every week now as the majority of dolphins, including many of the dolphins on the WDC Adopt A Dolphin programme frequent the more outer reaches of this esturine type area of the Inner Moray Firth, wh
Just to let you know that I'm off on a weeks break from today - I spotted Sundance alongside Kesslet this morning in the Kessock Channel which was a real surprise as he hasn't been in here much over the season. Anyway - must dive off and pack.
WDC Adopt a Dolphin star "Kesslet" turns 21 years old this month. She was born in 1994 and sadly when she was only four years old her mother, Kess died. She is a great, resourceful character and in 2007 she gave birth to her first offspring, Charlie, who is on the left of the photo below with Kesslet leaping over the top of one of Charlies buddies called Yoda.
In the last week or two the air has had a distinct chill in it sometimes and nearly all the migratory salmon are being replaced by shoals of herring and mackerel.
I am lucky enough to be able to witness the WDC adoption dolphins at very close quarters sometimes through my big camera lenses and a few days ago I had ID#433 "Kesslet" right in front of me gulping down a juicy salmon with the air of a real connoisseur.
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.