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