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Minke Whale

The magnificent minke whale is the commonest of the baleen whales around Scotland, and the one you are most likely to see from headlands and ferries. The best chance of a close view is to take a whalewatching trip from an accredited operator, when you might be rewarded with a lifechanging close encounter with a minke surfacing or spy-hopping near the boat. Read more...

Minke WhaleThe Moray Firth provides rich feeding areas for minke whales during summer and autumn and studies have shown that the species occurs in these waters in considerable numbers between the months of May to October in comparison to neighbouring regions.  The Cetacean Research and Rescue Unit (CRRU) based in Moray have carried out long-term studies in the outer Moray Firth include photo-identification, behavioural studies, focal follow work and applied remote sensing techniques, all of which have provided fascinating insights into the biology and ecology of these whales that have been widely published in the scientific literature (see: www.crru.org.uk/publications.asp).  Read more....