East Grampian SeaWatch
2010 Report on Cetaceans of East Grampian
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New humpback whale sightings
(Thanks to Jessica Craig, Kirsty Macdonald, Tim Marshall, Kevin Hepworth for these records)
20-01-12. Again, humpback whales have been seen for the last three mornings around Collieston
15-01-12 10.18am: 1 humpback whale south of Hackley Bay approx 1200m offshore. Blow and surface, slow travel south sea state 3-4, wind F4SW
15-01-12: At least 2 humpback whales off Balmedie CP this pm. Very active doing a lot of tail slapping.One of them was a very large individual probably at the top end of the Humpback scale! They started to head slowly north at 15.00. Tim Marshall
There were apparently further sightings on the 16th from these locations. 16th and 17th of January. In addition, three humpbacks were seen off Collieston before Christmas.
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17/06/11 - News Release - Humpback whale drops by to feed in Aberdeen harbour
Ian Hay, the project manager with the East Grampian Coastal Partnership,
was on his way home from work, around 4.30 pm, when he decided to have
a quick look for dolphins from the Torry Battery. A few people were
watching something in the harbour mouth, but instead of the usual dolphins
what surfaced was a humpback whale, one of the largest creatures on
the planet. The whale was feeding on small fish and could be seen lunging
to the surface every five minutes, showing much of its head and on occasion
a large blow typical of a large whale.
Sea Watch Research Director Dr Peter Evans said: "Its distinctive back means this was most definitely a humpback. For a humpback to appear, almost certainly there will be a lot of fish around. We have been receiving reports of unusually large numbers of seabirds (gannets, auks, etc) feeding off the Grampian coast and into the Moray Firth, and GPS loggers on breeding razorbills and guillemots on Fair Isle show them all feeding off Aberdeen which confirms the presence of large numbers of fish."
Sea Watch local co-ordinator Kevin Hepworth has appealed for anyone
who thinks they have seen it to let him know. He says: "Sightings
like this add to our knowledge about the species . Although humpbacks
are occasionally seen around the Scottish coast, they are not usually
seen quite so close to land or in the harbour. If anyone thinks they
have spotted it, please let me know on 0797 114 9117.
Latest news from Howard Loates, the Sea Watch co-ordinator for the Moray Firth, is that it has been seen off Chanonry Point from 06:30-08:30 this morning, and is now apparently breaching of the Sutors of Cromarty.
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