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Marine mammals

Scotland is one of the best places in Europe to see marine mammals. Find out more about these spectacular creatures in the pages below.

Minke Whale.   © Sue Scott/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Minke Whale

The magnificent minke whale is the commonest of the baleen whales around Scotland. Find out more about the minke and the other whales that frequent our coasts.

Leaping Bottle-nosed dolphin, Moray Firth.  ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Dolphins and porpoises

Five species of dolphins and porpoises are common to our shores. Read on to discover more about these visitors.

Common seal (Phoca vitulina) resting on rocks at low tide. ©Lorne Gill/SNH.For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Seals

Discover more about the grey seal and harbour or common seal.


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Otters

Otters

Scotland is a European stronghold for the otter, a species of land, river and sea.



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