Nobody Here But Kesslet...

Wednesday, August 27. 2014

Hi Everyone,

It's a bit on the quiet side for dolphin sightings where I am at the moment. I'm just getting over a bad cold so I stayed at North Kessock today and watched Kesslet fishing by herself quietly in the incoming tide.

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You can maybe make out a bit of fish sticking out of her mouth. I last saw Charlie a few days ago round at Chanonry Point where he appeared from the Inverness direction with Breeze but they didn't hang around and headed back out to sea - most of the dolphins are a bit farther out at the moment as the fishing is better.

Best Wishes,


Charlie.

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Babies Everywhere...

Sunday, August 17. 2014

Hi Everyone,

I had a really nice (and unexpected) Photo ID trip with my friends from Aberdeen University recently and although the weather wasn't brilliant it was still good enough to get some nice pictures. We came across twenty or so dolphins including no less than FIVE of this years babies scooting about with their Mums including ID#1028 "Lilith" and her gorgeous wee bundle.

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The weather up here hasn't been very nice with rain and cold, strong winds - it's meant to be August !


Best Wishes,


Charlie.

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Something Fishy Going On...

Tuesday, August 12. 2014

Hi Everyone,

We are, at long last getting some badly needed rain up here which will hopefully let more salmon migrate up the river systems. There are just enough sea trout and salmon in the area to keep our dolphins going food wise, but the numbers are only enough to keep small groups of dolphins interested.

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Some river levels are really high now and my colleagues at our Scottish Dolphin Centre are dealing with a flooded Ice House where we have our Dry Dive exhibition - the mighty River Spey is in full spate.


Best Wishes,


Charlie.

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Out Of The Blue...

Thursday, August 7. 2014

Hi Everyone,

I had a lovely day on Tuesday working with Simon and Pippa from North 58 Sea Adventures in Findhorn filming with the Childrens BBC "Wild" TV crew. We saw lovely Common & Grey Seals and then later on near the Skerries at Lossiemouth we encountered around 20 of our Bottlenose dolphins who kept us company back to Findhorn. The young girls in the programme loved it - as did the crew. The photo below shows a very inquisitive calf that whizzed over to see us a few times.

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Dolphin activity is a little bit quieter around North Kessock and Chanonry just now with only a limited amount of dolphins due to a lull in the salmon run. Hopefully this will speed up again soon.


Best Wishes,


Charlie.

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Under The Skin...

Thursday, July 31. 2014


As we are into the Bottlenose dolphin calving season up here in the Moray Firth I often get asked about the discoloured, sometimes unsightly marks and blotches that often appear on young (and not so young) dolphins skin. These skin “lesions” as they are called appear to take on many different types, colours and shapes, both on adult dolphins and more noticeably on youngsters that have much paler skin. In the case of ID#1168, the not quite year old calf of ID#744 “Bonnie” in the photo below, he or she has lots of little markings here and there over all the body surface but there is a large grey patch on the rear flank. This is already beginning to vanish compared to earlier photos as are other marks and so is the yellow staining on the dorsal fin and around the mouth. We often find that after a year or two the young dolphin looks much “cleaner” and we believe that skin lesions are not painful or irritating but are just something that these dolphins live with throughout their lives. Their skin has a tough environment to cope with – very cold water, differing salinities, sustaining tooth rake and bite marks from each other and collision damage plus bacterial infection too.

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Best Wishes,


Charlie.

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