Minkie Whale - Baby Boom.
Sightings of juvenile minke whales off Scotland’s west coast increased to the highest ever recorded within a survey season this year. Our surveys in 2015 documented an encounter rate of 1 young minke whale per 286 km – 3x the average over the trust’s entire dataset!
There has been a steady increase in the encounter rate since 2011, but this year it was particularly marked. While an increase in our encounter rate with young minke whales is encouraging, indicating either a significant increase in actual numbers or an influx of animals from elsewhere, there are still very serious issues regarding the conservation of this migratory species.
Read the full article with more findings from 2015 survey season here.