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Sperm whales sighted off the west coast of Scotland

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Sperm whales, the world's largest toothed whale, have been sighted sleeping on the surface in the waters off the Isle of Lewis in Scotland.

Steve Dodd, a local volunteer observer for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Shorewatch programme, made the sighting, and reported that the 12 large sperm whales were ‘logging' – the term used to describe sleeping whales and dolphins – for more than an hour off Tiumpan on Wednesday.

The huge mammals, which can grow to more than 18 metres long, are a rare sight off the Scottish coastline, normally only being encountered during a stranding event.

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Mark Evans
Mark Evans
Scuba Diver's Editorial Director Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. nearly 40-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
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