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Killer whales in the River Clyde as locals descend on beach to watch incredible scene

Daily Record logoDaily Record 21/04/2018 Conor Riordan

a bird swimming in water © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited A pod of killer whales has been spotted in the River Clyde.

Pictures and images emerged on of the orcas between Dunoon and Gourock on Saturday afternoon.

Lindsay Moss was on a Western Ferries service around 12.30pm when they made an appearance.

Her footage shows three killer whales, including what appears to be a youngster, rising to the surface before disappearing again.

a large body of water: Credits: Keith Hodgins © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Keith Hodgins

David Nairn, of Clyde Porpoise marine mammal project, told : “It’s absolutely fantastic for the Clyde.

“It’s just so exciting. Everyone’s on the beach with binoculars.”

Orcas are sociable animals and travel in groups of up to 50.

Despite their "killer" nickname, they have never been known to show aggression to humans in the wild and rarely among themselves, according to cetacean charity ORCA.

In the UK, they are seen most regularly around the Shetland and Orkney islands.

Related: Killer whales hunt sea lions on Argentinecoast (Press Association)

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