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Dopey Dick's true identity was discovered when old photographs were uploaded onto a Facebook page. Killer whale expert Andy Foote and Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust Science Officer Dr Conor Ryan recognised the whale in the images as Comet, last recorded by the Trust off Dunvegan, Isle of Skye in September 2014.
"I couldn't believe it - he was already a full grown male back in 1977, when I was just five-years-old." Dr Ryan added: "From the pictures you can tell he was an adult male back then and he's still going, so we reckon he's at least 50 years old, possibly older. "Even though he was nicknamed Dopey Dick, he probably knew exactly what he was doing."