Saturday, 5 March 2011

Pilot Whales in Shetland

An early morning text alerting us of a pod of 'dolphins' in Bressay Sound could not have been timed better! Jon was on his way to the ferry terminal to pick up Kim & Ji who were starting a two-day trip with us, so a quick diversion and an instant result - they weren't dolphins - they were a magnificent pod of 20+ Long-finned Pilot Whales! For the next couple of hours we enjoyed incredible views of these animals from the main pier in Lerwick as they spy-hopped, fluked and lob-tailed. The pod appeared to be a nursery group comprising mainly females and younger animals, and there were at least two tiny calves. Awesome!



















7 comments:

tommyart said...

wow! would of loved to see that!

Paula said...

Hugh once again in awe of your photography. Thanks for sharing these magical pictures with us. Masterful.
Paula Moss

Kjetil said...

Great spy-hopping shots! Awesome animals

Carol said...

Excellent shots. I was too late to get any pics from the Lerwick side, by the time I got there they had moved to the Bressay side of the harbour.

Pete Woodruff said...

Awesome indeed....I've turned green!

Auld Rasmie said...

Brilliant pictures Hugh.
Although, as a whale lover, I had to have another rant to the wife about idiotic Norskies who still believe in killing and eating these beautiful creatures...

Neil H said...

Brilliant pictures Hugh! Took the bairns to see them yesterday but on the Lerwick side very difficult to see.