Last week saw a special visitor arrive for a couple of days holiday. The Harbour Office received a call to say an Arctic Walrus had been spotted near the Old Lifeboat shed. The relevant animal welfare orginisations were contacted and for the next 2 days our visitor spent his time resting and periodically entering the sea – he was a source of great interest to locals. We are happy to report he left Wick mid Friday pm and hope he is heading back up north on his way home ! Thanks to Hugh & Valerie of Mackay Underwater Technology for this image. Cetacean Research and Rescue Unit are still in port conducting their annual survey around the coastal waters – they are reporting sightings of Risso Dolphins, Harbour Porpoises and Orca. A very active spell around our local waters.
Admiral Day dredging vessel is making good progress with ongoing dredging works. Wick Harbour Authority extend their thanks to local fishermen, harbour users and workboats who are working around these operations. Local creelmen are reporting good prices for shellfish catches although fishing has been stiff these past few months.
We are seeing an increase in visiting yachts to the harbour . We have welcomed vessels from Barcelona, Norway, Ireland, Germany and France this past week plus others from throughout the UK.