Saturday, July 11, 2009

Cetacean identification

Given that today produced nothing it seemed an apt time to provide feedback on the cetacean that was seen off Sanaigmore cliffs by Stuart Graham on the 6th July, 2009.

It was about half a mile offshore and showed quite well. A copy of the image was sent to the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust based on the Isle of Mull. The consensus appears to be that it is a Minke Whale, although the distance involved, the fact it was taken with a telephoto lens and then cropped needs to be taken into account. The fin shape and size is nonetheless very distictive. Minke Whale are seen from time to time off the ferry plying between the mainland (Kennacraig and Port Ellen, Islay ) and so it's worth keeping an eye open for them.

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