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Humpback Whale feeding on the Aberdeen-shire coast

Last weekend I had an interesting encounter with the Aberdeenshire Humpback Whale feeding on sprats below Hackley Head on the Sands of Forvie National Nature Reserve. Over the course of  three and a half hours that I was able to watch the whale it became apparent that it had a definite feeding strategy. It would come close inshore below the cliffs and spend time cruising around stirring up  the sand and sediment before setting off out to sea in a wide arc of 500 metres or so. Presumably this was to drive the fish shoals inshore to its previously prepared killing zone. In the murk close against...

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