Saturday, 17 July 2010

Killer Whales from the Garden!

Shetland Wildlife had two superb encounters with Killer Whales this week. One of the encounters included a pod of seven which were on view for three hours from the garden of SW HQ at Maywick. As you'd expect, we spread the word far and wide via our own grapevine, our Twitter site and by calling the local hotels, B&Bs and restaurants. Around 30 - 40 people turned up during the evening to watch them hunting and we were treated to some spectacular spy-hopping, tail-lobbing and semi-breaches. The bull in the pod was identified from earlier photographs we'd taken of him and is indeed number 014 in North Atlantic Killer Whale ID Project catalogue. So certainly a case of Déjà vu. And if that's wasn't enough Déjà vu, how about this - the last time we saw Russ Morrison and his delightful family was when we were watching this particular bull Killer Whale two years ago along the Nesting coast. And who turned up this evening to see 014 again? Russ and his family! It's a funny old World...

2 comments:

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Oh this is wonderful, what fun to be witness to this. Superb image~

Eagleseagles said...

Now who suggested I come up in June?
One of you're guides - good as the week was - no Orcas!
Brilliant to have them on your garden list - tragic I was not on Shetland to enjoy them. Seen some spots on RBA - please tell this pod that I will be on Shetland end Sept and begin October and if they would like to be famous they will be on my blog! LOL!
ome celebrations on Shetland eh?

Great!

Corinna