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Sea Mammal Sightings and Photos 2007

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Saturday 22nd December 2007

Otters on Fetlar - Brydon Thomason


Friday 16th November 2007

A Minke Whale headed north through Bluemull Sound.


Monday 12th November 2007

Grey Seal pups on Fetlar - Brydon Thomason


Thursday 8th November 2007

A pod of about 10 Killer Whales was seen off Hamars Ness, Fetlar.


Monday 29th October 2007

Otter at Basta Voe - Terry Holmes


Monday 22nd October 2007

An injured Pygmy Sperm Whale at Voe marina has died; it constituted the first record in Shetland waters.


Sunday 21st October 2007

Otter at Billister - Gordon Waddell


Saturday 13th October 2007

Otter at North Nesting - Gunther Degenfelder


Saturday 29th September 2007

Common Dolphins in Basta Voe


Thursday 13th September 2007

There were 3 Minke Whales feeding between Grutness and Virkie and another was seen breaching off Sumburgh Head. There have been 2 regularly seen off Compass Head and Sumburgh Head by fishermen for the last month at least. 


Tuesday 11th September 2007

There were 3 Killer Whales (2 males and a bull) off Esha Ness and at least 6 White-sided Dolphins off Lamba Ness.


Monday 10th September 2007

There were 6 White-sided Dolphins and a Minke Whale off Lamba Ness during the day and 4 Risso's Dolphins spent about an hour at Belmont.


Sunday 9th September 2007

A dead White-sided Dolphin is on Spiggie beach.


Thursday 6th September 2007

A Minke Whale was seen from the MV Hjaltland about 45 minutes from Lerwick (i.e. still north of Sumburgh Head).


Wednesday 29th August 2007

A Minke Whale was seen off Mousa.


Sunday 27th August 2007

Otter at Mossbank - George Graham


Sunday 26th August 2007

Otter and cub on Whalsay - Ann Henderson


Saturday 25th August 2007

Otters on Fetlar - Brydon Thomason


Thursday 23rd August 2007

Basking Shark - Stacey Adlard

A Basking Shark was off Mousa in the afternoon.


Wednesday 22nd August 2007

Two Pilot Whales were reported off NE Unst.


Monday 20th August 2007

A Basking Shark was seen in Lerwick harbour.


Sunday 19th August 2007

A Minke Whale was off Sumburgh Head.


Saturday 18th August 2007

A Basking Shark was at Belmont mid-morning before moving off south.


Wednesday 15th August 2007

Killer Whales - Larry Dalziel 

A pod of 5 Killer Whales was watched as they moved from Gulberwick to Noss, terrorising some of Shetland's declining Eider population as they went.


Monday 13th August 2007

Killer Whales at Hoswick - Dave Donaldson

There were 4 Killer Whales at Hoswick.


Friday 10th August 2007

Harbour Porpoise and Minke Whales off Fetlar - Brydon Thomason

Minke Whales were seen off Fetlar off Hamars Ness and Aith during the day and there were 2 in Wick of Houbie, along with 15 Harbour Porpoises, in the evening. A pod of about 10 Harbour Porpoises were watched feeding in West Burrafirth voe, with an Otter fishing close inshore at the same time.

A timed activity watch by Kevin Hepworth of Sea watch Foundation at Fethaland produced 53 Harbour Porpoises, 3 White-baked Dolphins and 2 White-sided Dolphins between 11:00 and 14:00.


Thursday 9th August 2007

2 Minke Whales were seen off Sumburgh Head.


Wednesday 8th August 2007

A Minke Whale was seen off Sumburgh Head.


Tuesday 7th August 2007

A Minke Whale was seen off Sumburgh Head.


Saturday 28th July 2007

Otter on Fetlar - Brydon Thomason


Friday 27th July 2007

A Northern Bottlenose Whale was found washed up dead on Noss. 60+ White-sided Dolphins were in Bluemull Sound.


Thursday 26th July 2007

A Minke Whale was again seen off the MV Julie Rose near Muckle Flugga.


Tuessday 24th July 2007

A Minke Whale was seen off the MV Julie Rose near Muckle Flugga.


Monday 23rd July 2007

The pod of Killer Whales was still in Yell Sound during the evening.


Sunday 22nd July 2007

Killer Whales in Yell Sound - George Graham

The pod of up to 7 Killer Whales was seen again in Yell Sound, between Samphrey and Bigga.


Saturday 21st July 2007

Killer Whales off Cullivoe, Yell - Colin Petrie

Basking Shark in Bluemull Sound (4 photos) - Brydon Thomason; Minke Whale off Burravoe - Gordon Carle

A pod of up to 7 Killer Whales was seen off Cullivoe, Yell and presumably the same group was watched heading north through Yell Sound past Mossbank at 19:00. A large Basking Shark was in Bluemull Sound, off Papil and Cullivoe. A Minke Whale was seen heading north-east between Burravoe and Lunna Holm at 19:00.


Thursday 19th July 2007

White-sided Dolphins at Weisdale Voe - Mark Breaks

2 White-sided Dolphins are still at Wesidale Voe.


Monday 16th July 2007

White-sided Dolphin at Weisdale Voe - Julie Redpath

2 White-sided Dolphins are at Wesidale Voe.


Sunday 15th July 2007

Otters in Central Mainland - Brydon Thomason


Saturday 14th July 2007

2 Harbour Porpoises were at Baltasound and a whale carcass is on the beach at Burrafirth opposite the shore station.


Wednesday 11th July 2007

A Minke Whale was off Sumburgh Head.


Sunday 8th July 2007

Otters on Fetlar - Brydon Thomason


Thursday 5th July 2007

On a trip on the MV Julie Rose from Flugga to Brae, the following were seen: a Minke Whale off Eshaness, 4 Harbour Porpoises off Muckle Rose, 8 White-sided Dolphins and 10 Harbour Porpoises between Holm o Gloup (Yell) and Woodwick (Unst) and 6 Harbour Porpoises at Burrafirth.

White-sided Dolphins off the MV Julie Rose near Holm o Gloup, Yell - Brydon Thomason


Sunday 1st July 2007

A Pilot Whale was seen from a Zodiac off Eshaness.


Saturday 30th June 2007

A pod of 7 Killer Whales went south through Bluemull Sound. A Minke Whale was seen west of Southerhouse, West Burra.


Saturday 23rd June 2007

A pod of Killer Whales was at Hoswick and Levenwick at around 10.30.


Friday 22nd June 2007

Killer Whales at Sumburgh - Dave Hall

A pod of 7 Killer Whales was at Sumburgh in early afternoon.

A pod of 6-7 Killer Whales went south through Noss Sound at 22.05. The pod consisted of one large bull, one smaller bull, two, possibly three females and a smaller young animal which always surfaced alongside one of the females.

About 100 White-sided Dolphins and 2 Minke Whales were seen off Eshaness.


Thursday 21st June 2007

There were 10 White-beaked Dolphins off Hermaness.


Wednesday 20th June 2007

A Minke Whale was seen from the Aberdeen ferry between Fair Isle and Sumburgh. About 200 White-sided Dolphins were seen from a creel boat between Ramna Stacks and Whalefirth at the north end of Yell Sound.


Tuesday 19th June 2007

A pod of Killer Whales were seen off Noss today: first sighted at 13.15 the group moved anticlockwise round the island hunting for seals around the voes and geos, last seen at the Noup at 13.50 before heading north. The group consisted of one bull with a very large fin and at least 4 females/youngsters. The bull had distinctive scarring on the left side of it's fin, looking like a number of parallel scratches.


Friday 15th June 2007

A Minke Whale is off Hoy in Weisdale Voe.


Tuesday 12th June 2007

There were 4 dolphins (probably White-sided) in the north of Lerwick Harbour.


Monday 11th June 2007

Up to 20 Sperm Whales have been reported east of Mousa.


Sunday 10th June 2007

White-sided Dolphins at Weisdale Voe - Austin Taylor

The late Minke Whale at Scalloway - Austin Taylor (first two); Gillian Okill (last three)

The Minke Whale at Scalloway has sadly, but predictably, been found dead.

Five White-sided Dolphins are in Weisdale Voe.


Saturday 9th June 2007

White-beaked Dolphins off the MV Julie Rose near Out Skerries - Brydon Thomason

Minke Whale at Scalloway - Austin Taylor

Minke Whale at Scalloway - Gillian Okill (left); Dave Hall (next two); Jim Nicolson (right)

An injured and emaciated Minke Whale is off Blacksness Pier, Scalloway. It appears to have some kind of strap lodged behind its head and looks unlikely to survive very long.

Another Minke Whale was seen off Kettla Ness, Burra.

Six White-beaked Dolphins were seen following the MV Julie Rose on the way to Out Skerries.


Friday 8th June 2007

Killer Whales at Stenness - Sheila Keith

There were 7 Killer Whales (including 2 juveniles) at Urafirth, which were later seen off Stenness, Eshaness.

Four White-beaked Dolphins were seen following the MV Julie Rose midway between Sumburgh and Fair Isle.

A small group of White-sided Dolphins has been seen for the last four days by a salmon farmer in outer Weisdale Voe.


Wednesday 6th June 2007

A Minke Whale is is in Mousa Sound.


Wednesday 6th June 2007

Harbour Porpoises at Nesting Bay - Dave Hall

There are 36 Harbour Porpoises in South Nesting Bay off Kirkabister.


Monday 4th June 2007

A Pilot Whale was off the southern end of Kettla Ness at 17:45.


Sunday 3rd June 2007

There are 5 Killer Whales in Olnafirth - one large male, 3 smaller and one calf; they have been present since around lunch time on Saturday.


Sunday 20th May 2007

There were 4 Killer Whales less than 1km west of Muckle Flugga, off Hermaness, in the afternoon: a big male, 2 females and a juvenile.


Monday 14th May 2007

About 40 White-sided Dolphins were seen in Basta Voe, Yell.


Saturday 12th May 2007

Otter at Westing, Unst - Mike Pennington


Tuesday 8th May 2007

Three White-sided Dolphins passed Esha Ness today.


Saturday 5th May 2007

Between 60 and 100 Common Dolphins were seen from the MV Good Shepherd 5 km SW of Sumburgh.


Friday 4th May 2007

There were 2 Killer Whales off Out Skerries, a cow and a young calf, heading south round the lighthouse.


Thursday 3rd May 2007

Minke Whale near Fair Isle- Brydon Thomason

On a tour of south Shetland in the MV Julie Rose, a Pilot Whale with a calf was seen NW of Fair Isle, while 10 White-beaked Dolphins, 3 White-sided Dolphins and a Minke Whale was seen.


Saturday 28th April 2007

Striped Dolphin at Uyeasound - Rory Tallack

 

Striped Dolphin at Uyeasound - Mike Pennington

A juvenile Striped Dolphin at Uyeasound was found swimming around close inshore before it came ashore and died after a couple of hours. After it beached it could be seen to be injured, while as an an unaccompanied juvenile, it's identity provoked some head-scratching.

It a warm-water species and this is only the 8th record for Shetland following singles in July 1993, January 1995, March 1998, two in April 1999, one in November 1999 and another in December 2002; all have been found stranded and only the 1993 and 1998 individuals were also seen alive.


Friday 27th April 2007

Otter at Firth - Karn Crow


Thursday 26th April 2007

Four Killer Whales, consisting of what appeared to be 2 females and 2 immatures, were seen heading north off Sumburgh Head at about midday.


Saturday 21st April 2007

Ten Killer Whales were seen between Vidlin and Whalsay.


Monday 16th April 2007

Three Killer Whales headed west past Breckon, Yell.


Wednesday 4th April 2007

A Fin Whale, about 20 m long, was seen at the mouth of Ronas Voe. 


Tuesday 3rd April 2007

Common Seals at Haroldswick - Mike Pennington


Monday 26th February 2007

A dead male White-sided Dolphin was found at Weisdale Voe.


Sunday 18th February 2007

A long-dead female White-sided Dolphin was found at Sandsound Voe.

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