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Common dolphins

18 September 2012
A pod of at least a dozen dolphins were seen splashing and leaping around in Village Bay this morning.  Common dolphins are relatively easy to identify because of the coloured hourglass pattern on their side, a prominent dorsal fin and a long well-defined beak.  Pod of common dolphins feeding in Village Bay

This species is a summer visitor to western Scotland usually recorded between May and October when food is most abundant.  They eat a varied diet of squid and fish such as herring and mackerel.    Common dolphin at the surface of the water

The dolphins timed their visit perfectly as many staff and visitors caught a glimpse before they headed off.  If the weather stays calm, maybe we might see more?Close up of dolphin


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