The cetacean fauna (whales, dolphins and porpoises) of western Scotland is possibly the richest in the UK. Since records began, ten species of cetacean have been sighted from St Kilda and this week we have been lucky enough to see three species visit the island. A pod of Orca were seen over in Gleann Bay, a basking shark cruised around Village Bay one evening for half an hour giving many island residents a good view (but no photos!), and yesterday morning a minke whale came so incredibly close to shore that we pretty much forgot to take photos because we were so mesmerised by the sheer size and grace of the animal. photo: possibly the worst picture I've taken this year but it's a whale - honest!!