Nature

Video footage shows orcas just metres away from couple in rowing boat

A COUPLE have spoken about their “amazing” experience after a pod of orcas put on a display just metres away from their rowing boat. Ryan and Sara Leith enjoyed the close encounter on Wednesday during a break on Shetland’s Westside. They came across the seven-strong pod while out on a 12 foot rowing boat – […] Shetland News …


Stranded minke whale back in the sea after ‘phenomenal’ effort

THE SHETLAND community – and some visitors – rallied together this morning (Wednesday) to rescue a minke whale which had become stranded on the Levenwick beach. The young whale, which was around three metres long, eventually swam out to sea after being refloated. NatureScot marine mammal advisor Karen Hall was one of those involved in […] Shetland News …



First local sighting of beluga whale in nearly 25 years

EAGLE-eyed nature lovers caught sight of what is thought to be a beluga whale off Unst yesterday (Tuesday), which would be the first time one has been spotted in Shetland waters since 1997. The white whale, which is usually found in Arctic and sub-Arctic waters, was seen around Norwick and Lamba Ness. They are rarely […] Shetland News …


Underwater photographer’s striking image picked to front nature calendar

A SHETLAND photographer who specialises in taking underwater snaps has had a striking image selected for the front cover of a national nature calendar. Billy Arthur’s photo of sea urchins will front NatureScot’s celebratory calendar marking Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters. Over 700 entries were received, with only 13 making the grade. Arthur said […] Shetland News …