Unexpected Guests: Killer Whales Spotted in Scottish River – See Amazing Pictures (VIDEO)

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For the first time in many years group of orcas was spotted swimming up the River Clyde towards Glasgow.

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Unexpected visit

A pod of killer whales was spotted in the river Clyde hunting seals or porpoises.

They have not been regular visitors to the upper Clyde for many years, and some residents have seen the orcas for the first time in the area.

Many photos and videos appeared on social media over the weekend showing of about half a dozen killer whales, or orcas, between Dunoon and Gourock.

orcas-photo

Source: grant gillon‏/twitter

Orcas are sociable animals that travel in groups of up to 50 and usually hunt seals or other sea mammals. It is thought they were attracted to the area due to its abundance of food – porpoises and seals.

In the UK, killer whales are seen most regularly around the Shetland and Orkney islands.

orcas-photo

Source: grant gillon‏/twitter

David Nairn, of Clyde Porpoise marine mammal project, said: “We’re sure these are not west coast orcas. They are more likely to be transient orcas who have cruised from Iceland, Shetland and Orkney in search of prey. It’s incredible that people have been able to watch them spy hopping and fast swimming from the shore.”


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