Scotland best place to see whales and dolphins, study suggests

Scotland is a hotspot for those wanting to catch a glimpse of marine mammals such as whales and dolphins, according to a new survey.

Humpback whale in the Firth of Forth with Edinburgh Castle in the background. Picture: Adrian Plumb
Humpback whale in the Firth of Forth with Edinburgh Castle in the background. Picture: Adrian Plumb

The survey, conducted every summer by volunteers for the Sea Watch Foundation, records the number of whale and dolphin sightings across the United Kingdom.

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Scotland came out on top last year with 43% of all UK sightings occurring off the Scottish coast.

608 sightings were recorded here compared with 555 in England, 231 in Wales, 11 in the Channel Islands and 5 sightings off the Isle of Man.

Northern Ireland recorded no sightings at all.

Volunteers conduct their searches along the coastline and using boats.