Spotted: Kasey the Minke Whale

 If you look closely you can see Kasey's distinctive fin. Taken by Craig Mackie, Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.

If you look closely you can see Kasey's distinctive fin. Taken by Craig Mackie, Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.

Kasey, one of our most-loved minke whales, was spotted off Ardnamurchan point this weekend, much to the delight of Craig, our Hebridean Whale Trail volunteer stationed at the Lighthouse.

Surfacing just 20 metres off the coast, Kasey was seen driving fish to the surface, enjoying an evening meal.

 Huge numbers of fish driven to the surface as Kasey swims below in search of a snack. Craig Mackie, Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust

Huge numbers of fish driven to the surface as Kasey swims below in search of a snack. Craig Mackie, Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust

Kasey was first photographed in 2000 and has a very distinctive dorsal fin with three triangle-shaped nicks along the edge. Kasey is a regular visitor to the Hebrides, much like the famous Knobble, who was spotted earlier this summer for the 13th year in a row! These sightings highlight the importance of Hebridean waters for these incredible species.

Kasey's sighting comes ahead of an exciting time for HWDT, as we are thrilled to announce we will be updating and reissuing our minke whale photo-identification catalogue next year! The new catalogue will showcase all of the identifiable individuals that have been seen in the Hebrides since 1990, which includes 100 new animals, almost doubling the number of minke whales in our first edition!

If you'd like to receive regular updates about our amazing Hebridean minke whales, you can sponsor Kasey for just £4 a month.