Curious minke whale surprises fishing family in loch

Charlie Coffield and his family were out fishing when the mammal came up for air next to their boat.

A man was out fishing with his family in Campbeltown Loch when they spotted a minke whale coming up for air next to their boat.

The curious mammal surprised them by swimming around their boat for a few hours.

Charlie Coffield, who works for the family business McAllister Shellfish, said: “I was just fishing away and next minute something comes up from underneath the water, it took me a minute to realise it was a baby minke whale.”

Charlie added: “It’s rare to see whales that close, it came right in usually you only spot them out in deep water.”