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Icelandic killer whales spotted in the Moray Firth

The pod of six orcas was seen on Monday evening near the village of Findhorn.

Killer whales: Pod of orcas seen in Moray Firth.
Killer whales: Pod of orcas seen in Moray Firth. Pippa Low/North 58°

A pod of killer whales from Iceland have been spotted in the Moray Firth.

The six orcas was seen on Monday evening near the village of Findhorn in Moray.

Killer whales travel to the Pentland Firth every year but experts believe this may be the furthest south Icelandic whales have been recorded.

Sea Watch sightings officer Kathy James said: "Although this sighting is now the furthest south that individuals from the Icelandic population have been confirmed, other killer whale sightings have occurred in the Moray Firth and further south on many occasions.

Whales were caught on camera by Pippa Low.
Whales were caught on camera by Pippa Low. Pippa Low/North 58°

"It may well be that amongst these, were unidentified Iceland killer whales. One must remember that clear photographic evidence is required to recognise individual orcas.

"We don't know very much about the movements of killer whales around Britain. Members of a pod that has numbered up to fourteen can be seen annually around the Hebrides of west Scotland, mainly in summer.

"The most famous of these is a mature male nicknamed 'John Coe' that we have observed since at least 1980."

Orcas were identified using photographs.
Orcas were identified using photographs. Pippa Low/North 58°
Whales travel to Scotland every year.
Whales travel to Scotland every year. Pippa Low/North 58°

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