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Daily Record

Saturday 3 July 2010

Eleven lucky tourists on a whale-watching trip made the rare sighting off the Hebridean island's north-east coast.

A rare pod of about 1,000 dolphins has thrilled wildlife spotters off Skye. Eleven lucky tourists witnessed the rare event which is believed to be caused when smaller pods group together to chase a huge shoal of fish, most likely mackerel.

Nick Davies, owner of Hebridean Whale Cruises in Gairloch, said: "We were suddenly surrounded by hundreds of dolphins."They were everywhere you looked, for as far as you could see.

"They kept coming up to the boat and were jumping around us. It was just awesome. We do see dolphin pods regularly, but there are usually only about 20 to 30 in a pod."

He said the dolphins probably came together to chase a shoal of fish.

"I have travelled all over the world and never seen numbers like this."

(Extract from larger article in the Daily Record)

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