Surprise Orca visit to Summer Isles

The pod of around eight Orca whales enertained sea-tour passengers on Tuesday. Photo: Summer Queen

The pod of around eight Orca whales enertained sea-tour passengers on Tuesday. Photo: Summer Queen

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PASSENGERS on the Summer Queen cruising from Ullapool got a pleasant surprise yesterday (Tuesday, June 19th) when a pod of Orca appeared in the Summer Isles off Achiltibuie.

A large fin appeared at the back of Eilean Dhu and was soon joined by another member of the pod. There were believed to be a large bull, five adults, a juvenile and calf present in the pod.

Whilst these animals do live in and around the Western Isles, they are not a common sight in the inner waters around the Summer Isles but were a sight that passengers and crew will not forget.

“We spent about 25 minutes travelling alongside the pod of Orca until we went to see Cathedral Cave on Tanera Beag,” said skipper Huisdain Mackay.

“The animals were close enough to hear breathing and did not seem concerned at our presence at all. The same cannot be said for the rest of the resident porpoise population who made a quick exit!”

The pod were spotted off Reiff on the Coignach peninsula on Monday afternoon and were seen there again late on Tuesday.