The dolphins in the Moray Firth are common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). They live in groups of between 10 and 30 individuals. These groups are called "pods".
You can find bottlenose dolphins in various locations around the Moray Firth. The animals you're visiting when you sail with Dolphin Spirit Inverness are those who live in the waters of the Inner Moray Firth between the Beauly Firth to the west, and Chanonry Point to the east.
This is an area where the dolphins are particularly active. Or perhaps we just think that because their activity is so close to shore!
One of the features which makes these particular waters so attractive for us as observers is their apparent use as a nursery for dolphin calves. If you're lucky you'll be able to see a mother and calf swimming together.
Dolphin Spirit is the boat to take you onto the waters of the Inner Moray Firth to see the dolphin pods.
She is classified as a "Motor Passenger Ferry", which means she is specifically designed to carry people in comfort – up to 70 people in fact. This is important from a conservation point of view. It means that there is the minimum possible disruption for the dolphins; there's only one hull in the water, with only one set of propellers. The engines were selected for their low emissions and are connected to a specially configured low vibration drive train.
From the dolphins' point of view, this is a quiet boat.
At 12.89 metres long and just over 5 metres of beam she's a decent size, which means comfort for you and your party.
Dolphin Spirit Inverness
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