WATCH: Beluga whale cruise through Hillswick waters 

A beluga whale was spotted off West Ayre in Hillswick this morning making it the sixth record for Shetland.

The whale was first discovered by Margaret and Jeff Tungatt who contacted Shetland Wildlife’s Hugh Harrop regarding the sighting.

Breath-taking footage of the beluga was captured by Richard Shucksmith who was among those to spot the rare Arctic and sub-Arctic cetacean. 

Mr Harrop confirmed this is the sixth sighting for the isles with three being in Unst in 1976, 1997 and  in 2021.

Beluga whales were also seen off Hoswick in 1996 and the most recent sighting prior to today was off Fair Isle in 2023.


Add Your Comment

Add Your Comment

Please note, it is the policy of The Shetland Times to publish comments and letters from named individuals only. Both forename and surname are required.

Comments are moderated. Contributors must observe normal standards of decency and tolerance for the opinions of others.

The views expressed are those of contributors and not of The Shetland Times.

The Shetland Times reserves the right to decline or remove any contribution without notice or stating reason.

Comments are limited to 200 words but please email longer articles or letters to for consideration and include a daytime telephone number and your address. If emailing information in confidence please put "Not for publication" in both the subject line and at the top of the main message.

200 words left

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Get Latest News in Your Inbox

Join the The Shetland Times mailing list to get one daily email update at midday on what's happening in Shetland.