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DinkyIt’s been a year full of surprises with sightings of the east coast bottlenose dolphin population further south in England than ever before, and the first international sightings in both Ireland and the Netherlands. As normal we’ve seen dolphins across the SAC, including a few I’ve only seen in photographs taken by our colleagues at SMRU, and 7 newborn calves. Our final surveys this September have been exceptionally busy, with approximately 80 dolphins seen on one survey – the most I have ever seen on…

ID#1128 and dinkyWe saw our first newborn calf (or dinky as we tend to call them) of 2019 this week. This is the first calf for mum ID#1128 Shimmer. Shimmer is the calf of #969 Spirit and we have seen her every year since she was born in 2011. We believe this new calf was born very recently as calves less than a day old tend to surface a bit erratically, popping to the surface, kind of like holding a beach ball underwater and…

           We’ve been surprised this summer to hear of not one but two international sightings of dolphins we regularly see in the Moray Firth, Scotland. Thanks to photographs by Mardik Leopold and Jeroen Hoekendijk we’ve confirmed sightings of at least 4 and possibly 9 dolphins off the coast of the Netherlands. This comes shortly after photographs, thanks to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, of two individuals from this population in Ireland. These are the first known sightings of the east coast of Scotland…

ID#989      Often breaching photos aren’t very useful for photo-ID, because the dolphin is off angle, or it is too far away, making it difficult to see nicks and tooth rakes and other small details on the dorsal fin.  But there are exceptions! This is ID#989 Mini Fin, a 16-year-old male we have seen every year since he was born in 2003. These types of photos can also be useful for other research, allowing us to see the variety of different marks all over the dolphin's body, including…

ID#1109 and new calfIt's that time of year again! We've carried out two successful photo-ID trips and identified over 20 dolphins, including a new calf for ID#1109 Puddles. Puddles is now 9 years old and this is her first calf, who was likely born after we finished fieldwork last year. Of course we are really looking forward to the rest of the summer - which dolphins will we see, who of last year's calves will have made it through the winter, who will have a new calf,…


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