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First dinky of 2018We spotted our first newborn calf of 2018 on our photo-ID survey last week. This calf is also a first for mum ID#1110 Iceman (who was named before we knew she was a female!). Iceman is now 8 years old, but we have seen dolphins as young as 6 and as old as 14 with their first calf.  Although we can keep track of the mums, unfortunatley, without genetic testing, we dont know the fathers of any of the calves we identify.

Harbour seal and pup    The 2018 Loch Fleet pupping season has begun! Becky arrived yesterday to see #004 (Flower) with her brand new pup suckling. From our regular photo-ID surveys we know that Flower was heavily pregnant on Saturday. These repeat sightings allow us to estimate accurate pupping dates for each  new seal pup. We’ve seen around 100 harbour seals at Loch Fleet each day for the…

Bowriding dolphin               Our 2018 bottlenose dolphin photo-ID fieldwork season is well underway, with mixed results so far! We've had surveys with 2 dolphins to one with over 30. We've had calm sunny days and days where we were trying to photograph dolphins through haar or keep the camera steady in very windy and choppy seas. We’ve been fortunate enough to see some of the new calves from last year, as well as older calves catching small fish and some big adults bowriding a cruise ship.  Not ideal for…

ID#1028 with dinkyID#872 with dinky Keeping track of the number of bottlenose dolphin calves being born each year is a vital part of our work monitoring the Moray Firth Special Area of Conservation. However, this can be difficult as of course we don’t see every female every year, making it very easy to miss new calves. This year we are off to a…

Minke whaleMinke WhaleHumpback whale flukesHumpback whale          I think all our photo-ID surveys are special, however this week’s trip was exceptional. The start was…


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