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A Quick Splash And Away…

Hi Everyone,

I don’t have much in the way of sightings to report at the moment. My pal Alan and I were watching for dolphins recently from the warmth of my car parked at the Rosemarkie Caravan Site. Looking out to sea for a while brought nothing but ducks and gulls but suddenly a huge splash, a dorsal fin spotted then nothing more. That’s the way that sightings go at this time of year, very brief – blink and you would miss them. After Alan left to head home I spotted the same dorsal fin again, but much closer and it turned out to be a nice big guy called “Raggedy Fin”, ID#435, a dolphin that we see more often up around the Cromarty area.

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©WDC/Charlie Phillips

Lots of snow around out in the countryside but not much in Inverness or North Kessock and the atmosphere is nice and clear – good for doing observations.

Best Wishes,

Charlie.