As with any wildlife watching venture, whales and dolphins can be unpredictable. We don’t offer any gimmicks such as money back guarantees, in the rare event of their being no sightings. That said, Colin’s unrivalled experience significantly increases your chance of encountering a range of cetacean species on your trip, which typically produce whale and/or dolphin sightings on about >96% of our trips (see breakdown below). Grey seals are seen on every trip on the inshore islands, as well as an array of seabirds and fantastic coastal scenery, so there is always something wonderful and new to see. Colin often produces fishing rods if things are quiet and give clients an opportunity to catch their own supper.
2017 Species and sightings summary, based on a sample of 147 trips
- Cetacean sightings on 96.6% of trips of at least one species (98% in 2016)
- Dolphins were recorded on 86.3% of trips (80% in 2016), almost all were common dolphin.
- Whales (at least 1 species) were recorded on 72% of trips (66.6% in 2016)
- Large whales (fin and/or humpbacks) were seen on 24.6% of trips, compared with 23% in 2016, with breakdown: fin whale 14.3%, humpback whale on 15.7%
- Minke whales were recorded on 70.5% of our trips during 2017
- >1 whale species were recorded on 24% of trips (21% in 2016)
- The following 8 cetacean species were recorded in 2017:
harbour porpoise Phocoena phocoena, short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis, Risso’s dolphin Grampus griseus, bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus, minke whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata, humpback whale Megaptera novaeanlgliae, fin whale Balaenoptera physalus & bowhead whale Balaena mysticetus.
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