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Lighthouse Field StationAll Lighthouse Field Station staff and students are currently working from home. Occasionally we will be carrying out essential contract work, in the field and on the water, to support consent monitoring related to the development of offshore windfarms in the Moray Firth. For any enquires please e-mail lighthouse@abdn.ac.uk or b.cheney@abdn.ac.uk. Thank you!

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…


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