Scotland’s Coastal Sea Life
Thinking about visiting Scotland? Want to find out about the amazing nature Scotland has to offer? This travel article is the perfect read for you! For most people who might be interested in visiting Scotland, it’s usually a fascination with culture of the people living there or the staggering beauty of the countryside that draws people in. However, you might also discover that the country plays host to a stunningly diverse array of wildlife as well, particularly aquatic species. If you love nature, then visiting Scotland should be something to consider, keep on reading to find out why. Let’s take a look at some of the more attention-grabbing examples of Scottish marine wildlife…
Believe it or not, you can find bottlenose dolphins all over the coasts of Scotland. These highly-intelligent creatures tend to travel in groups of up to 30 and have shown that they’re even able to communicate via their own type of language. But that’s not all, the bottlenose dolphin is also one of the few species that is able to categorize objects as well as engage in self-identification.
Another similar animal to that of dolphins which you’ll find along the Scottish coastlines is the common harbor porpoise. They like the Northern isles and tend to band together in smaller groups of 2 – 5. Unlike the bottlenose dolphins, harbor porpoises have relatively short lifespans of around 10-12 years.
Weighing in at around 10 tons and measuring something like 8-10 meters in length, the Minke Whale is actually the smallest member of the Rorqual family (which is the largest group of baleen whales). Feeding mostly on krill and fish, these whales tend to drift around out in deeper Scottish waters, perhaps in groups of 2-4. Though it’s prohibited in Scotland, some countries still allow individuals to hunt these magnificent animals.
You’ll find grey seals on Atlantic Ocean coasts, usually in dense colonies. Subsisting mostly on a diet consisting entirely of fish (in addition to the occasional octopus or lobster) the grey seal’s average daily requirement has been calculated to be close to around 11 pounds of food! Upon coming into contact with grey seals the first thing you’ll notice is just how incredibly cute most of them are, with giant beaming, innocent-looking eyes. Believe it or not, Scotland plays host to around 40% of the world’s total grey seal population, estimated to be at around 120k.
Inland and around shallow waters, you’ll typically find common seals which really seem to like the rocky outcrops of the Western coastlines. A much more widely distributed species, the common seal is said to have a worldwide population of around 5 or 6 million. It’s has been said that around 90% of the total number of common seals in the entire UK call Scotland home.
Aside from being one of the most imposing-looking animals found around Scotland’s coastlines, the massive orca whale is also one of the fastest creatures in all the world’s oceans. With their trademark white and black markings, orcas are very social creatures and are considered to be at the very apex of the ocean hierarchy, subsisting on a very wide-ranging diet. Their overall behaviour is also very diverse, with some of them being extremely gentle and even communicative toward humans while others remain very aggressive.