I received a message on my phone this morning – “Sorry for being a pest so early on a Sunday morning. But they are a large number of White sided dolphins just at Bixter“. So Daisy and I hopped into the car and drove off to have a look.
After spotting a van with some dolphin-spotting looking folk, they told us where the best place was to park and off we went again a bit further down the road.
And we found them!
It was not easy – but we got our “eye in” looking for waves that appeared different from other waves with the occasional black triangle on top and then following the line.
And then there were lots of dolphins and they circled the voe and we all watched.
I know very little (ok, nothing) about dolphins but, by asking questions to other watchers, I found out they were a large group (about 40) of Atlantic white-sided dolphins (Lagenorhynchus acutus).
Folk had parked up and down the voe and everyone was enjoying the show. We even saw friends and relatives too. Quite the social-distancing event really.
When the pod finally swam past us, to a man, everyone just said “Wow” over and over again. It was breathtaking. Apologies for the total overload of photos of dots on the horizon but I was utterly mesmerized. There’s something very special about seeing dolphins in their natural habitat. They are truly beautiful.