Rare whale captured in stunning footage of its ninth visit to UK in 50 years

A rare whale has been spotted swimming in UK waters for just the ninth time in 50 years.

The Sei whale was filmed in the Firth of Forth in Scotland by two teenage sisters who videoed the spectacular experience on their phones.

The siblings, from West Lothian in Edinburgh, were with their amateur photographer dad Andy who first spotted whale.

He said he turned to face the creature when he heard the whale’s blow. As he turned around, he was shocked to see it breach of the water.

The 49-year-old admitted he had initially thought it was going to be a common humpback, but was delighted to discover it was a Sei.

Andy had left his camera at home, but his daughters came to his rescue.

One video shows the whale’s fin gliding along the surface of the Firth of Forth, just off the coast of Whitehouse Bay in Edinburgh.

Despite being large, the dark grey animal could be seen travelling at high speeds whilst also making short sharp turns around the bay.

Andy later posted his daughters' videos to Facebook on Wednesday, writing : “Here's some video footage, taken by my daughters, of the Sei Whale at Whitehouse Bay, South Queensferry."

The video has since gone down a treat with fellow whale lovers, with the post attracting more than 700 likes and 200 comments.

One user wrote: “What a treat! Made my day. Thank you.”

Another said: “Wow, how incredible! I am majorly jealous!”

One user commented: “Just amazing! Well done to your daughters for catching such great footage of this fine animal!”

Andy told the Daily Record: “We were just in the right place at the right time.

“It came right towards us, it was like a scene from Jaws.

“I had to look behind us to make sure we had an escape route!

“I couldn’t believe how fast it moved.

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“We’re so lucky, I’m just delighted and happy we could help the marine community as well.

“We didn’t realise how rare it was at the time, it was absolutely astounding to see such a large animal so close.

“Most people get to see a blow or a fin, but we were so close we got to see everything.

“It was the quietest I’d heard them (daughters Sidonie and Agathe) in ages, they were completely mesmerised.”

Sei whales are known to migrate annually from cool sub-polar temperatures in summer to sub-tropical waters in winter.

Reaching up to 19.5m long and weighing as much as 28 tonnes, Seis are the third largest whale in our oceans today. They typically live for about 70 years.

Sei whales are known to prefer deep offshore waters.

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