The Scottish Government is to consult the public on the creation of new marine protected areas - MPAs.
Four marine reseres are set to be established to protect dolphins and whales in their Scottish breeding and nursey aresa.
The areas are:
The Sea of the Hebrides is known to be a vital breeding spot for basking sharkes. Risso's and bottlenose dolphins, along several whale species, frequent all the areas.
The Whale and Dolphin Conservation society had proposed 3 of the sites in 2011.
Currently, Scotland's MPA network covers about 20% of its seas at the moment and it comprises over 30 MPAs.