Want to read more?
We value our content and our journalists, so to get full access to all your local news updated 7-days-a-week – PLUS an e-edition of the Arran Banner – subscribe today for as little as 48 pence per week.
Members of the Arran Coastal Rowing Club last week rowed around Holy Isle and at the north end came across at least 20 dolphins hunting in the waters at the edge of the No Take Zone, which seems to confirm that the NTZ and Marine Protected Area are really working.
Crew member and photographer David Ingham said: ‘We headed out for a row around Holy Isle in near perfect conditions, but what we found when we got round to the other side left the whole crew speechless.
‘About 20 dolphins in groups of three or four were ‘herding’ fish in perfect synchronicity. They swam and dived near the boat with some leaping out of the water clearly playing and enjoying themselves. The whistling and blowing noise that they made and the crashing of water was a fantastic sound track to an amazing spectacle. We watched them for about half an hour before we left them.’
At least 20 dolphins were seen by the rowers in Lamlash Bay. NO_B28_dolphin_01
The dolphins were in playful mood. NO_B28_dolphin_02