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

News

2005-05-03 18:08:42

Dolphin monitoring continues at Montrose

Medic and Area Co-ordinator Elaine Roft along with Volunteer Jackie Watt and her husband Ritch spent from 16.30hrs until 17.15hrs monitoring a school of 6 Bottlenose Dolphins at River Street, Ferryden. For the past week, the dolphins have become intent on travelling up the river towards Montrose and Ferryden harbour areas. Last Tuesday the team were on standby along with BDMLR Fraserburgh team as the situation was a little worrying with 3 of the dolphins having travelled as far up river as the road bridge works on an ebb tide. Had these dolphins continued under the bridge the would have ended up stranding on the mudflats that were fully exposed. It is not unusual for the dolphins to come into the harbour area, they have done so for a few years now, but of late, they have extended their swim beyond what the team would consider a safety zone. The school of dolphins includes 1 calf. Photographs will be submitted to Dr Kevin Robinson of The Cetacean Research and Rescue Unit, which is based in Gardenstown, Banff, to see if Identification of these individuals can be sought from dorsal fin markings. Daily patrols continue by the team and locals meantime.

Elaine Roft
British Divers Marine Life Rescue
Montrose Area Co-ordinator (Inverbervie-Easthaven)