Saturday, 15 June 2013

The dolphins of Aberdeen

I've been to see the bottlenose dolphins at Aberdeen Harbour a few times over the last month, and today they really put on a show.

I've heard about the dolphins there before, and know lots of people who regularly see them from the Northlink (now Serco unfortunately) ferry, but I've never seen them there, despite travelling on that boat many times.

Recently I heard that the RSPB were encouraging people to go dolphin spotting there, and it's one of their "Date with Nature" sites for the summer, being manned a few days a week, where you can learn more about the work of the RSPB and borrow binoculars and spotting scopes.

We first went there when my parents came up to visit, and spotted our first dolphin within seconds. We've now been back another 3 times, and - apart from the visit where it was totally mosty and we could barely see the large boats going in and out of the harbour, let alone dolphins - on each visit we've seen dolphins within seconds of arriving!

They've not always been as active as they were today, but on each occasion we have seen at least one jumping out of the water.

Here's some photos to set the scene...

More to follow later...

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