COMMON DOLPHIN (Delphinus delphis)
We are often accompanied on our trips by common dolphins. Seen in groups of 5 -100ís they love to ride the bow and are very exciting to watch. Small dolphins at 2.5m (8.2ft) they have a very distinctive figure of eight pattern along their sides. If in the area they are very easy to spot because they create lots of splashing and leap from the water.
BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN (Tursiops truncatus)
This is the largest species of dolphin reaching lengths of 4m (13ft). They are uniformly grey in colour and have short but prominent beaks. They tend to be seen in small groups of 5-20 animals and swim very close inshore near to headlands and bays and so are often seen from the land. They are also regularly sighted from ferries.
RISSO DOLPHIN (Grampus griseus)
This is another large species of dolphin at 3.8m (12ft) and have very distinctive white scarring along their bodies which accumulates as they get older. They have blunt heads and large dorsal fins and are frequently seen on our trips and are seen in groups of 5-15 animals although larger groups are seen.
Dolphin Watch Scotland