Bottlenose dolphin population 'stable'
Researchers at the University of Aberdeen have concluded that the population of bottlenose dolphins in the North Sea - which is often seen in the Moray Firth - is 'stable or increasing' after the analysis of approximately 20 years of data compiled by studies. Such news will be of great comfort to the local tourism industry, which is estimated to gain approximately £4million annually due to wildlife spotters and tourists drawn to the area in search of the dolphins.
Regular reports on the population's current status are commissioned by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). Commenting, SNH Policy and Advice Officer Morven Carruthers said that “We can say with some confidence that the population of bottlenose dolphins on the east coast of Scotland is stable or increasing...However, this population is considered vulnerable due to being small and isolated from other populations.”
She also added that "The east coast bottlenose dolphins are a special part of Scotland's nature and wildlife and a major tourist attraction, and it is encouraging to see that the population is currently stable."