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What's 60 feet long and shouldn't be swimming about in front of the Studio?

A Fin Whale.

Not just a Fin whale but... TWO Fin whales!Blink

They should be WAY out in the Atlantic or at least the depths of the North Sea but possibly followed a large shoal of mackerel just a bit to far into our end of the Firth for comfort.
Fingers crossed they seem to have followed the tide back out last night.
Fascinating to see them though - second biggest to the Blue Whale!

Posted at 20th Jun 2018 - 10:46AM   Posted by Fairy Nuff   Fin. Comments: 11

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Westerwitch's Avatar WOW - amazing to see. Fingers crossed they are ok.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 20th Jun 2018 at 11:29AM

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Fennie's Avatar Are you sure it is fin whale (or two) FN. Might it not be Nessie escaping for a meander in the sea. Very Happy


If it is a whale then maybe they had more than a smackerel of mackerel.

How do whales find each other (or anything!) in the depths of the murky ocean. Sonar I suppose and 'whalesong' but that seems terribly hit or miss. Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 20th Jun 2018 at 12:20PM

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Camilla's Avatar Gosh how wonderful FN! But hope they swam back further away into the deep ocean .

Posted by: Camilla on 20th Jun 2018 at 12:58PM

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Faith's Avatar Ooh almost a bit scaryShocked

Posted by: Faith on 20th Jun 2018 at 01:08PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar It is when you're in a 20 foot boat and the 60 foot whale crosses the bow Faith... as HO had at one point yesterday. Laughing

They shout very loudly Fennie. Very Happy 180 decibels or more and apparently they pick certain depths in the ocean where the temperature and density of the water makes it carry the sound further. The low infrasound they make can carry for thousands of miles underwater.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 20th Jun 2018 at 01:28PM

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Fennie's Avatar Moby meets Pequod! Sad

Posted by: Fennie on 20th Jun 2018 at 03:50PM

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Lampworkbeader's Avatar Phew! What a sight to see. Is it that deep? I do hope they swam away safely.

Posted by: Lampworkbeader on 20th Jun 2018 at 04:00PM

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Fennie's Avatar Can a whale go backwards? I would have thought not and its turning circle must be quite large. Interesting to speculate whether it could turn more easily by doing the equivalent of an upside down somersault.

There were a couple of Moray Firth dolphins leaping about in the pages of the Times the other day. I almost think of them as 'our' dolphins now. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 20th Jun 2018 at 05:13PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar That was one of HO's picture Fennie, in the Times. Very Happy They use their pectoral fins to reverse or turn round in their own body length.

It is quite a deep channel Lampie but not by oceanic standards. The big one has been seen today but not the two together, fingers crossed the other one bogged off back to sea as there's nothing can be done if it's not well and strands. Hopefully the big one will go soon too.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 20th Jun 2018 at 05:50PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar You have your "own" dolphins on Cardigan bay of course Fennie. Very Happy

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 20th Jun 2018 at 05:51PM

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Withy Brook's Avatar Fantastic to see them but worrying too, of course. So glad one has gone and I hope the other will follow.
I bet HO was more than a little nervous! But amazingmall the same.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 20th Jun 2018 at 08:28PM

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