New Year ‘first finner’ at Seil quarry pool

Porpoise spectators at Ellenabeich keep watch.

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Porpoises are no strangers to the seas round Seil and Easdale but the arrival of this unexpected ‘first finner’ in a quarry pool directly behind Ellenabeich’s Oyster pub and restaurant stirred up plenty of interest over the New Year.

According to some in the village, it was the first time a porpoise had ever been spotted in the pool.

Originally it was thought there were two of them but now just one is coming into view, said Dawn Singleton from The Oyster.

‘There has been lots of porpoise-spectating from our decking over the New Year. We think there were two at first but now there’s only one. The other one must have got out. We think the one remaining might be stuck.

‘We’ve been in touch with the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust which asked us to keep them informed. We’re hoping it makes its own way out to wider seas soon and safely.’