Whale and Dolphin

If you walk the Angus coastline regularly you may be lucky enough to see a bottlenose dolphin, harbour porpoise or even a minke whale. Other species such as common dolphin and Orca have also been spotted in Angus waters but are less common. You can report your sightings here http://www.marinelifeangus.co.uk/submit-a-sighting/  on the Marine Life Angus sightings web-page. The web-site was set up in 2011 to promote the beautiful coastal areas of Angus which are in turn perfect for land based whale and dolphin opportunities.

Sharing any sightings helps us learn more about the whales and dolphins in our waters. A project called the Angus Cetacean Survey and Data Collection Project collects information about cetaceans (whales and dolphins) along the coast. The purpose of the project is to learn more about cetacean presence in Angus waters aiding future conservation.

Biodiversity reporting

Cetacean life in Angus waters is little understood although locally and nationally priority cetacean species inhabit its waters. The Tayside Biodiversity Partnership look for projects which can feed data into the Biodiversity Action Reporting System (BARS) supporting the planning, monitoring and reporting requirements of national and local Biodiversity Action Plans.

Tayside Biodiversity - Priority Species

  • Bottlenose Dolphin
  • Harbour Porpoise
  • Minke Whale

Visit http://www.marinelifeangus.co.uk where there are species guides to help you report the animals you see, details of other projects you can become involved in and information on lots of areas of interest on the Angus coast.

Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Hotline

If you find a live stranded marine animal call British Divers Marine Life Rescue immediately on 01825 765546 (office hours) and 07787 433412 (out of hours)

 The following information will help:
  • What is it? What type/species of animal? If you aren't sure, take pictures on your phone or camera. 
  • Where is it? As precise a location as you can give, how far to the nearest road access and is it above the high tide mark? 
  • Keep dogs and crowds away

If you find a dead stranded marine animal, please either:

Call 01463 243030

The following information will help:

  • What is it? What type/species of animal? If you aren't sure, take pictures on your phone or camera.
  • Where is it? As precise a location as you can give, how far to the nearest road access and is it above the high tide mark? 
  • What size is it? Approximate length, can it be moved or secured against removal by the tide? 
  • How fresh is it? Is it in a good state or a smelly heap of bones? Are parts missing?

Warning: Marine animals are wild animals. They may carry diseases which are transferable.