Saturday, 29 June 2013

Aberdeen Harbour

We've been to Aberdeen Harbour to see the dolphins a few times now. As well as viewing the harbour from Torry ...

... it's interesting to walk the end of the harbour near Fittie where the marine operations centre is.

The new Marine Operations Centre was opened in 2006. There they manage over 17,000 vessel arrivals and departures each year - so it's a busy place!

The pilots often escort boats in and out.

The old harbour operations building is the "Roundhouse" - it was the Navigation Control Centre and was in operation 24 hours a day for more than two centuries until it was superceded by the new Marine Operations Centre in 2006.

Some bonnie sunsets around the harbour...

Walking back along the prom looking out to sea we can sometimes now see dolphins - now that we know where to look! Having said that, they are definitely much easier to spot from the higher vantage point afforded by the Torry Battery. But still, they're there...

I even managed to catch a kayaker (or body boarder?) and 2 dolphins in this one. I wonder if he spotted the dolphins too?

(The black dot/ dolphin like shape towards the left has a yellow board under it - it can clearly be seen to be a person on a board in the large version of this photo.)

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