A northern bottle-nose was last seen in the loch 20 years ago
Animal welfare officers are observing a northern bottle-nosed whale which has got lost in a loch.
The mammal has been seen in recent days in Loch Eil, near Fort William, in Lochaber.
The SSPCA said they were keeping an eye on the animal, which is a deep water species whose range extends to the North Atlantic and Arctic.
A whale has not been sighted in Loch Eil for almost 20 years. The last one became stranded and died.
It comes a few weeks after a 40ft sperm whale suffered a slow and painful death after becoming beached in shallow water in the Moray Firth just outside Inverness.
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