Surge in sightings leads to whale watching bases on Firth of Forth

Glorious nature on full view on the Fife Coast – we’ve become used to pods of porpoises off Levenmouth, now there are more sightings of whales

Naturalists have set up a whale-watching base on the Firth of Forth to “improve the science” in the wake of a surge of humpback whale sightings in the waters. The Forth Marine Mammal Project will keep a record of marine life in the Firth. The project’s first base will be at Kinghorn, Fife, where enthusiasts flocked earlier this year for a sight of visiting humpbacks. A series of whale-watching “kits” of binoculars and recording equipment, funded by an anonymous donor, will be installed on paths overlooking Kinghorn Beach and the project’s first 15 volunteers have already completed a training session. The group behind the community scheme, Shorewatch, plans to establish further watching stations at Pittenweem, also in Fife, and at Granton, Edinburgh, and North Berwick on the southern side of the Firth.

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