Whale Watching Trips
Isle of Mull
WHALE WATCHING 2001
The 2001 whale watching season has started with some fabulous weather here on the west coast of Scotland during the month of May.
The minke whales are back with us again and we have had 15 or so sightings of whales, many porpoises and an exciting encounter earlier in the month with our frequently seen school of bottlenose dolphins.
Things are shaping up for another exciting whale watching summer
June was an exciting month with many and varied sightings of whales and dolphins.
In addition to over 50 sightings of minke whale, we were priviledged on the 12 th June to spend an hour in the company of 7 orca, which included 3 adult males that we have known from previous encounters.
On the 23rd June we came accross a young minke whale that breached between 25 and 30 times in front of us, many times completely out of the water. What an experience that was!
In addition to sightings of small schools of common dolphins we were lucky to find a small group of 3 white beaked dolphins, the first seen in this area, and normally seen much further offshore, and further north.
Basking sharks have also arrived in our area off the island of Coll, but not yet in any great numbers.
We have once again had a very productive month although the weather has spoilt a few days.
We have achieved 100% success in all our trips with 65 sightings of minke whale in total for the month. Several of these whales we recognised as old friends from preview years and some we have already seen this year.
We have had some remarkable close associations with the boat including spy hopping and belly flashing alongside and under the boat.
The amount of feeding on the water this month has been exceptionally good which has resulted in many exciting and spectacular lunge feeding experiences.
Although our sightings of dolphins have been disappointing, a school of Risso's was seen recently in our area, but we were not lucky enough to meet up with them. Porpoise sightings have however been a very good and we are now getting a regular sightings of basking sharks.
AUGUST / SEPTEMBER
Although we lost a few days due to bad weather, August and September were both productive months for minke whale sightings with just one blank day following a period of strong northerly winds.
Total sightings for the two months were 130 minke whales, and countless porpoises. This year basking sharks were in short supply, compared with 2000. Just goes to show that wildlife is always unpredictable, and no two years are the same.
Our totals for the year 2001 are listed below:
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See this page for regularly updated sightings during the season 2002