Wildlife sightings 24 September 2015

Notes from the Discovery Centre team – Lee

Life on and around the islands is still very apparent as this week has been very exciting. A large pod of bottlenose dolphins (around 20 to 25) was spotted travelling towards Bass Rock on Friday afternoon and were visible for a good hour or so. Once again many gugas have been sighted using the ramps provided around the island but, unfortunately, some have been unsuccessful and a few carcasses have been spotted below the battlements.

Moving onto some good news, plenty of grey seals have been sighted in the water just off of the Isle of May with one of them being a cow. A few peregrines have been continuously sighted throughout the week between both Bass Rock and Isle of May as well as plenty of turnstones, oystercatchers and redshanks appearing during low tide.

The lone common prawn in the tidal tank is now no longer alone, with countless more common prawns added. I would add a specific number onto how many we now have but every time I recount them, more seem to appear. With many more anemone still popping up throughout the tidal tank everybody seems intrigued and excited over the new tank and its inhabitants.


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