Dolphins at the Mull of Galloway
The family who stayed in the Lighthouse Holiday Cottages this New Year were very excited to report a sighting of around 20 cetaceans by the Fog Horn at the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse. They said it was the highlight of their stay and kindly sent us some of their photographs.
We sent the photographs to RSPB Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway Environmental Resources Centre (DGERC) for identification. DGERC is the local records centre for our region and acts as a focal point for environmental information and provides wildlife and habitat information from national and local sources. Both DGERC and RSPB were happy to ID the sighting as Bottlenose Dolphin which is the largest species of Dolphin and they added that the variation in the sizes of the cetaceans was to do with the age of the animals. The most common sightings in our region are Harbour Porpoise, Bottlenose Dolphin, Minke Whale, Common Dolphin and Risso’s Dolphin. Other species could turn up too, but the first two account for 80-90% of sightings.
Species fact sheets can be downloaded from the Sea Watch Foundation.
The man behind the camera said “The dolphins were a real highlight for me and an experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life, truly beautiful.”