Close encounters of a Cetacean Kind - Sound of Raasay June 2016
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The link below takes you to a video of an encounter with a huge pod of bottle-nosed dolphins in the Sound of Raasay, while sailing from Raasay House to Camas Tianavaig on Skye, in my Drascombe Longboat Rubha Dubh on 22nd June 2016. They were all around us!
Update: I reported the sighting to the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust and they asked to see my video footage. I subesequently got the following reply from them:
Thanks for sending in your video clips, they are really useful for our research. These dolphins were swimming very quickly so it was difficult to positively identify them, but the clip 13443 shows nicely that they are common dolphins and if you go to 9 seconds into the clip, you will see that as they surface they have a long pointy beak and also a yellow patch down their sides. Bottlenose dolphins are much chunkier animals and have quite stubby beaks, they also tend to be seen in smaller pods.
What a fantastic encounter! Thanks again for sending across your videos and sharing your sighting.
All the best,
Community Engagement Officer
Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust
The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust have a sightings report page on their website where you can upload details of sightings, which helps with their research. They asked to see copies of my video files and have identified the animals as Common Dolphins, rather than Bottlenosed, as I had thought.