Dolphin

The common dolphin can outpace most boats. It’s one of a larger sea mammals in Scottish waters. Common dolphins sometimes form large groups, their sheer strength of numbers adding to the spectacle for anyone lucky enough to be watching from nearby.

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When to see them

The summer in the Hebrides is a good time to be on the look-out for groups of common dolphins. Badcall Bay is a top hotspot.

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They like to bow-ride, swimming at the side of a boat, until they get bored and zoom off.