Can killer whales be found in Scotland?
Home to some of the most incredible species of wildlife, Scotland’s West Coast offers refuge to one of the ocean’s most impressive and majestic creatures, the killer whale – otherwise known as the Orca. … Scotland’s group of killer whales are visible all year round, especially around the Small Isles and Skye.
When can you see orcas in Scotland?
Pods of up to 150 orca whales are usually spotted from the Orkney Isles several times every year. To increase your chances of a sighting, the best time to visit is between May and September, although the whales are present all year round.
Can you see whales in Skye?
The most common species of whale that can be seen in the waters around Skye and the west coast of Scotland is the Minke Whale. … Other location to spot whales include Rubha Hunish (the most northerly point of Skye), Waternish Point and by the Neist Point Lighthouse in Glendale.
What whales can you see in Scotland?
More than 20 cetacean species can be seen in Scottish waters, but seven species are relatively common close to our coasts:
- bottlenose dolphin.
- harbour porpoise.
- minke whale.
- white-beaked dolphin.
- Risso’s dolphin.
- common dolphin.
- orca (killer whale)
Where can I find orca pods?
Around the San Juan Islands, lower Puget Sound, the Strait of Georgia and the Southern Canadian Gulf Islands, J pod is the most likely to be in the waters year-round. Historically, J pod has been known to frequent the west side of San Juan Island, in Haro Strait, during the summer months.
Where can I see orcas in Shetland?
Lerwick Harbour is one of the best places in the world to see both species at close range and from the deck of a wildlife tour boat you can get right alongside them.
How can you identify a killer whale?
Look close to shore, and look out across the horizon. Watch for anything that breaks the surface of the water. Look for boats, especially if they are stopped. Sometimes the best way to find marine mammals is to find the other people who are watching them.