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Bottlenosed dolphins

Observed: 16th May 2013 By: Gill Sinclair
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course completeThe Mammal SocietyThe Vincent Wildlife Trust
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Description:

Large, grey dolphins feeding close to shore. Distinct 'beak' to face and large, sickle-shaped dorsal fin about half way along body. Often raised tail flukes clear of water when fishing, sometimes breached clear of water.

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No interactions present.

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Better than mine

It's an amazing point for dolphin watching, they come so close; mind I've never been able to get decent photos.

Graham Banwell

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Variations in behaviour

Apparently there was a lot of breaching a couple of days before but on the day we visited the dolphins were mostly rather 'businesslike', concentrating on fishing. I suspect that when they're breaching more they've already had their fill and are just feeling good!

Gill Sinclair
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Dolphins

It's always the case when we've been there (five or six times in the last few years, my young son loves Scotland and I have relatives up there); they were doing something really interesting only a few minutes before. However, we have been luck enough to see a couple of dolphins clear the water and very close to shore but not many.

Graham Banwell

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