Every year, people gather on cliff tops in the north of Scotland to watch out for orcas, some of whom come down from their winter herring-hunting grounds in Iceland on the look out for seals in the early Scottish summer. Run by the Sea Watch Foundation and supported by WDC, we call this event Orca Watch.
The WDC Shorewatch team have been recording some really exciting sightings: pygmy sperm whales from the Western Isles, sperm whales from the Moray Coast and orca from the North coast; but why does all this data matter?
Like most of the Moray Firth in Scotland, the WDC Shorewatch site at Nairn is stunning. We were enjoying the views over the sandy beach and across 5 miles of sea to the entrance of the Cromarty Firth, hoping to catch a glimpse of the world famous Moray Firth dolphins, or maybe a whale, when 'Baldie man' appeared.
Find out about WDC Shorewatch through the eyes of Riley the springer spaniel and his owner Steve Truluck.
Last month WDC headed back up to the very north of Scotland to participate in the annual Orca Watch week in Caithness.
The event, run in conjunction with the SeaWatch Foundation, is now in its 5th year and once again rewarded the hardy team of spotters on the ferry, cliffs and headlands with some incredible sightings.
Volunteer whale and dolphin observers took to the shore despite the weather as part of the WDC Shorewatch Big Watch Weekend (BWW). WDC Shorewatch relies on community volunteers to monitor the presence of whales, dolphins and porpoises around Scotland.
The WDC team has now left Scotland and the beautiful Caithness coastline but the sightings continue.
Volunteers have been collecting land-based sightings for WDC for more than 10 years and we are proud to announce that working with Dr.
For the past few days, as part of its Shorewatch programme, WDC has been participating in the annual Orca Watch in Caithness in the very north of Scotland.