International and UK resightings


First UK match to Arctic feeding grounds.

Off the coast of Fife in a town named Kinghorn this humpback was photographed by ©Sandy Morrison (photo on the right)on the 28th of February 2018 and was then matched to Longyearbyen,Svalbard,photographed by ©Iain Rudkin (left photo)on the 31st of May 2017. Match made by Lyndsay Mcneill.This was amazing to find, my first match made it literally blew my mind 😊!

SCUK002 UK first match to both breeding and feeding grounds. This humpback was photographed in Shetland December 2016,by ©Brydon Thomason (centre photo) and matched by NAHWC to Guadeloupe, photographed by ©Cedric Millon,OMMAG,on the 7th of March 2015 and then photographed in Skerjvoy,Norway in November 2019 by ©Steve Truluck and matched by Lyndsay Mcneill. This is amazing that this humpback has been matched to both areas🐋

SCUK003 Matched Tiumpian head to Skaljfandi bay,Iceland. Photographed by ©Nick Davies at Tiumpian Head on the Isle of Lewis aboard Hebridean Whale Cruises boat,Gairloch, on the 28th October 2016(Top photo) and photographed by ©Tom Grove,Whale Wise (bottom photo), in Skaljfandi Bay,Iceland on the 18th of May 2018.Match made by Lyndsay Mcneill.What a striking fluke! Wow! All of these flukes are unique just like the human fingerprint.

SCUK006 Dotty Firth of Forth to the Netherlands.Spotted off of the Dutch Coast late January 2017 this humpback was observed frequently in the area before moving North to the Netherlands photographed by ©Marco benschop (bottom photo) where it was last sighted in early March. This humpback then appeared in the Firth of Forth photographed at Inchkeith Island by ©Charles Everitt (top photo) on 1st April 2017 joining 2 others who had been around for a few months.Match made by Lyndsay Mcneill.Such a distinct pattern,I knew I would remember if I came across this one again! 


SCUK008 Resighting- Scottish match Aberdeen to Burghead,Moray. This humpback was photographed by ©Alastair Taylor (top photo)on the 12th of October 2016 at Aberdeen beach.The first sighting was in August of this individual and was photographed by ©Ron Macdonald in early October at the Ythan Estuary(middle photo) this humpback then appeared in Burghead,Moray on the 7th of January 2017 photographed by ©Walter Innes( bottom photo).Match made by Steve Truluck.

SCUK009 SAORSA Resighting- Scottish match returning a year to the date in the same area. Photos taken by ©Nick Davies formerly of Hebridean Whale Cruises Gairloch.Photographed in June 2016(top photo) and again in June 2017(bottom photo).Match made by Lyndsay Mcneill.

SCUK017.Resighting- Scottish match returning to the same area.This individual was photographed by ©Iain Adams at the Ythan Estuary,Aberdeen(Top left photo) on the 31st of July 2016.Second photo taken by ©Genevieve Leaper at Hackley Bay Collieston September 2016. This individual retirned to the same area in August 2017 and matched by Steve Truluck from ©Tam reids dorsal photo (bottom right) and fluke shot by ©Phil Evans (bottom left)at St Cyrus on the 5th of September 2017.

SCUK018 Matched Shetland to Banff,Moray to the Azores and Cape Verde. First UK match to the Azores and Cape Verde. Photographed in Shetland by©Glen&Gina Tyler in December 2016(top photo) then matched by Lyndsay Mcneill to Banff,Moray on August 2014 (no photo available of this match as no permission was granted) and then photographed off the Azores(bottom photo) in April 2018 by©Lisa Steiner and then matched by NAHWC to a photo taken in Cape Verde(info and photo to be updated).

SCUK021 Matched Scotland to Cape Verde.

Photographed by ©Andy Williams (top photo)at Sula Sgeir on the 28th of June 2018.This humpback was matched by NAHWC to a photo taken by ©Boavista Tours in Cape Verde( bottom photo) in March 2020.

SCUK026 Matched Scotland to Norway.Steve Truluck had been on a trip to Norway in November 2019 and came back with a bunch of amazing fluke shots! Enabling us to make a further 2 Scottish matches within hours! Photographed off Sula Sgeir by ©Johnny Simpson(top photo) 21st January 2018. Then photographed in Skerjvoy,Norway on November 2019 by ©Steve Truluck and matched by Lyndsay Mcneill.

SCUK031.Resighting-Scottish match seen in November 2015 2018 2019 2020 2021. As well as photographs,drone footage taken by Hugh Harrop of Shetland Wildlife was used to identify this individual. Matched by Hugh Harrop and Lyndsay Mcneill.

SCUK044- Scotland to Ireland MATCH.

HBIRL38 regularly sighted in West Kerry and Cork since the first record in July 2015. Matched by Nick Masset, Irish Whale and Dolphin Group to Shetland from a photo taken by Ryan Leith photography on the 7th of November 2020.

Top image- ©Ryan Leith.

Below image -©Nick Massett.

SCUK037 Match-Penzance,Cornwall -Isles of Scilly- Ireland.Nicknamed Pi this humpback was seen on the 2nd of August 2019,photographed by Rupert Kirkwall (top image)and then resighted in the UK and matched by Lyndsay Mcneill to the Isles of Scilly. Martin Goody (2nd image)took a photo of this whale at the Isles of Scilly on the 24th of December 2020. Samaya Reid (3rd image) Isles of Scilly on 3rd January. Nick Masset of Irish Whale and Dolphin Group also matched this humpback to Co Kerry Ireland in August and October 2020(4th and 5th images).


Match Russia-Isles of Scilly.

Top photo- Robin Mawer-28th August 2008 seen on a boat trip at the Isles of Scilly. 

Bottom photo- Ted Cheeseman- August 9th 2012 seen on an excursion at Frank Josef Land.

An exciting discovery ! Match made by Lyndsay Mcneill. 

Scottish match- Sonny Firth of Forth resighting . Still to update 

Seen in January 2017 and 2018. To be updated with info and match photos. 

SCUK046Barney Match east coast and west coast Scotland. Seen in August 2020 on a trip with Basking Shark ScotlandⒸRosie Barrett (top photo) then turned up in the Firth of Forth on 31st January 2021, photo by Ron Morris on Conserver boat (2nd photo) and dorsal shotⒸGreg Macvean (bottom left)  and then sighted at the Isle of Skye by Cath Bain in August 2021( bottom right photo)

Matches made by Lyndsay Mcneill.

SCUK061 Isles of Scilly to Ireland known as HBIRL77 still to update . Photo credit Joseph Pender. To be updated. 

SCUK040 Halle. Hebrides -Iceland . Still to update .

SCUK073 Match Orkney to Iceland.  To be updated . Sighted in orkney 16/3/19 and catalogued as SMN