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.
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.
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?