The Moray Firth dolphins


One of the biggest attractions on the Black Isle has to be the Moray Firth Dolphins, the largest school of dolphins in the UK. "Scotland is one of the best land-based dolphin watching hot spots in the world" - Simon King, BBC Springwatch.
 
There are thought to be over 130 bottlenose dolphins living in the Moray Firth, as well as a large population of seals. Minke whales and killer whales can also be spotted!
 
 The dolphin population in the Moray Firth area is very special as they are the most northerly resident bottlenose dolphins in the world with over 130 animals currently recorded. These particular dolphins vary physically to their relations in warmer climates. They are a lot bigger and fatter (4m as opposed to 2.5m) - this is due to the large percentage of blubber they have in their bodies to insulate them from the colder water temperatures of the North Sea.
 
They live in very close knit family units (known as pods) which range in size from a few individuals to larger groups. Dolphins are friendly, highly intelligent creatures which can live to over 40 years old. Local people around the Firth have seen dolphins for many years, there are reports from as long ago as 1900.
 
There is a famous story of a fisherman being guided safeley back to sea by a dolphin in Cromarty, when he was out in a storm. Residents of Cromarty who regularly swam in the sea, talk of swimming with the dolphins.
 
 It is a real privilege to see these creatures in their natural environment but these dolphins are vulnerable and under threat. Please view the following site to see what you can do to help.
 
 
 
You can also adopt a dolphin , this is a great way to protect all the Moray Firth dolphins as well as building a special link with you "own" special dolphin and you will also get a reduced price on a boat trip with the Ecoventure dolphin tours.
 
 When is the best time to see the dolphins?
 
A good time to spot the dolphins from Chanonry Point is after the turn of the tide, so about an hour after low tide. We supply you with tide timetables in your cottage but just ask if you are not sure.
 
Having said that, they are wild animals and can be seen at any time! Just keep a look out from your cottage and whilst walking al
There are two local boat trips, one from Avoch, Dolphin Trips Avoch and one from Cromarty, Ecoventures.
 
Visit YouTube for some video clips of the dolphins, an example below of a BBC Springwatch presenter at Chanonry Point.

There is aso this clip from the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.

 
   
 
   Photo by Charlie Phillips Images
 
   
 
   
 

   Photo by Charlie Phillips Images

 

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