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Banffshire Coast News

Humpback Whale Sighted for first time in decades

Marine experts have recorded a rare sighting of a humpback whale off the north-east coast; it is thought to be the first of its kind spotted in the Moray Firth for nearly a decade.  The spectacular mammal was less than 2 miles off Gamrie when it was seen by wildlife watchers from Banff-based North 58 Sea Adventures.

Minke whales are often seen in the Moray Firth during the summer months, but not humpbacks.  The last humpback whale in the Moray Firth is thought to have been in 2004.

Humpback whales, which can grow up to 45 feet, are still very rare in UK waters.  They were hunted to near extinction by whalers in the early 20th century, but scientists say they have been gradually making a comeback to north-east waters in recent years. 

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