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Early Orca for third year running

Posted by Brydon Thomason on Saturday 6th March 2010 | Sea Mammals in Shetland

For the third year running Killer whales have put in an early spring appearance. What is even more interesting is that the pod of 3/4 seen off Lerwick on the 5th March is very likely to be the same pod of four which have been seen and photographed heading North, almost to the day, late February and early March. The pod of four have been documented and numbered by the Scottish Killer Whale Identification Research Team (North Atlantic Killer Whale Project). Andy Foote of the Research team, who also leads our sea mammal search, said yesterday – “The pod consists of animals numbered 27, 34, 72 & 73 and were also photographed off Faroe last April, which would perhaps tie in with their sightings moving North such as this years. 34 is the sub-adult male, his dorsal fin had just started to sprout last year, so he is probably about 14-15 years old, he might look quite different this year as he is likely to have grown a bit and his fin to have got taller. The last time they were seen was on 28 June last year off the Shetland mainland”.

Update: Remarkably they reappeared on Sunday when one of our tour leaders, Roger Riddington, saw them off Sumburgh Head.