Common dolphin

Common dolphins are seen every year off the West Coast of Scotland.  They are seen in larger groups than bottlenose dolphins and these superpods can contain over a hundred of individual dolphins.

Common dolphins are smaller that bottlenose dolphins and can be identified by their distinctive hour-glass marking on their sides.

All year round but closer to shore in summer.

West coast of Scotland

Bottlenose dolphin

Bottlenose dolphin

Tursiops truncatus

The Scottish bottlenose dolphins are considerably larger than their cousins living in the warmer waters off Florida, USA. These dolphins can be between 3 and 4 metres in length and are normally to be seen in pods (groups) of up to ten animals. Pods can fo...

Harbour porpoise

Harbour porpoise

Phocoena phocoena

The harbour porpoise is the smallest species of cetacean found in Scottish waters, being less than two metres long. It weighs about 45 kilos and is usually seen in small groups or schools. A porpoise breathes between 4 and 5 times every minute. As it surf...