British Divers Marine Life Rescue
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (photo: Steve Marsh)
British Divers Marine Rescue


2008-10-08 15:58:03

Cetacean at Fort William

A cetacean has been spotted at Fort William, Scotland. SSPCA Inspector and BDMLR medic Dawna Connolly has been down to Fort William and is keeping an eye on the animal which is swimming freely around the wide sea loch. BDMLR is treating the report as a sighting and not as a rescue as the animal is showing no sign of distress or ill health.

It is not uncommon for large dolphins or whales to spend time around sea lochs on the western coast of Scotland and in 1998 a Northern Bottlenose Whale spent approximately one month in a sea loch and then went back out to sea. This is not that unusual and Orce, Minke and Risso's dolphins have all been seen around Fort William in the past. The whale is reported as swimming strongly and acting naturally.

BDMLR will of course monitor the situation and respond should the cetacean need any assistance. BDMLR is liaising with the SSPCA, WDCS and ORCA. BDMLR's Scottish Co-ordinator Jamie Dyer will help keep an eye on the situation along with Dawna and other BDMLR medics.

Trevor Weeks
National Co-ordinator
British Divers Marine Life Rescue