Scotland is proving to be a hotspot for dolphin and whale sightings.
Last year’s National Whale and Dolphin Watch survey showed that Scotland recorded the highest number of whales and dolphins.
The survey, which is conducted annually in July and August by marine conservation charity, the Sea Watch Foundation, was carried out by volunteers who spent ‘hours looking for whales and dolphins from the shore and from boats,’ according to the BBC.
Scotland’s figure of 608 sightings of marine mammals ‘represented 43% of all the records made in 2017’s watch,’ said the BBC report.
Though no sightings were recorded in Northern Ireland, England documented 555 sightings, Wales 231, the Channel Islands 11 and the Isle of Man recorded five.
Highlights of the survey included sightings of long-finned pilot whales in the Moray Firth, and sightings of orcas in the north of Scotland.
The Sea Watch Foundation are on the lookout for volunteers to come forward to take part in the 2018 National Whale and Dolphin Watch this summer, which takes place from 28 July to 5 August.