Dolphin Discovery Adventure
Posted on by Jo Page
Ohhh, a life on the ocean wave...... Well maybe not ocean, but the Moray firth! Although it was a gloomy start in Dalcross at the Highland Campervan base we set off to Inverness and were lucky enough to have a calm water to set sail on our dolphin spotting adventure.
We were invited on board the Dolphin Spirit by the very friendly staff of Dolphin Discovery Inverness, a spacious boat with an inside area on the lower deck, for those days when we are graced with the not so finest Highland weather. We were given a safety briefing by the captain and introduced to our guide Jenn, who was a fountain of knowledge on all the wildlife we would possibly see on our trip, as well as great local and historic knowledge.
Our trip took us out of the Inverness Marina and left towards the Beauly firth where we spent our time trying to spot seals and otters along the banks. With the weather being somewhat overcast, the low cloud took away the chance to see the stunning vista that you are normally greeted with towards the west. We took a turn and headed East towards the impressive Kessock Bridge, it towered above us as we passed underneath still eagerly on the look out for wildlife.
Just below the bridge in the shallows we spotted a seal, happily basking in the water and arching into a banana shape, showing signs of having a good rest after feeding. A bit too far away to snap on my camera clearly but I got a distant shot of him.
Soon after our seal spot he captain radioed to say there was a sighting of a breaching animal ahead, it could be a dolphin or a seal, we headed in that direction to see what we would discover. Upon getting closer to the spot where the breach was seen, there were no signs of any action but out of nowhere a dolphin surfaced towards the black isle and the boat went into a little frenzy of everyone getting their cameras at the ready to capture the first sighting.
We were lucky enough to see 1 but possibly 2 dolphins popping up to the surface, arching in the water and generally going about their daily business. We approached slowly and respectfully but sadly they didn’t want to come and play with the boat or us. But at least we got a glimpse of the sleek and slender movement of the dolphins in the water, sadly my camera skills did not allow me to be quick enough to capture the experience.
A trip with Dolphin Discovery would come highly recommended by Highland Campervans! They sail daily (bad weather/conditions permitting) from 10am. This is a great trip to add on to any campervan or motorhome adventure and we will be recommending this to our hire customers or even if you stay locally. They are based at the Inverness Marina which is only a 15 minute drive from our base at Dalcross.
Thank you to the staff at Dolphin Discovery for making us so welcome, for a really great and interesting trip on the Dolphin Spirit and we wish you all the best for a busy season!
- Beauly Firth
- boat trip
- Dolphin Discovery
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