28 February, 2008
A SCHOOL of five or six killer whales was sighted in Yell Sound, Shetland by an
inter island ferry crew yesterday (Wednesday).
Sightings of the sea mammals have become quite common around the isles in recent
years, but more so during the summer months.
Ferry man Iain Nicolson, who saw the females and their offspring at about 2.50pm
when crossing the sound, said it was the first time he had seen them in
They were swimming away from the ferry and Mr Nicolson was unsure which
direction they were heading in, as his vessel the Daggri had to stick to
its normal route from Ulsta, on Yell, to Toft on the mainland.
Mr Nicolson said: “They were going out of our route and we are not sure if they
went east or south. We lost sight of them. This is the earliest we have ever
seen killer whales.”