A pod of 20+ Bottlenose Dolphins are still present in the Bamburgh/Seahouses area. During the major movement of this species along the Northumberland coast on October 21st, a pod of this size was lingering off Holy Island late afternoon, at the same time as 100+ were passing Newbiggin by the Sea and heading south. Several reports since then suggest this may be the same group.
A remarkable series of reports for Sunday 21st October, with a pod of well over 100 Bottlenose Dolphins traveling slowly south along the Northumberland coast from Cocklawburn in the north to Newbiggin by the Sea in southeast Northumberland (latest report received by the North East Cetacean Project at 16:30).
July is always a good month to see White-beaked Dolphins in north east England, and this year is no exception.
The first reports came in the last few days of June, and during the last week they've been seen at Newbiggin, Druridge Bay, Blyth, Tynemouth, Lizard Point and Sunderland.
At least ten individual animals were photographed during a transect survey on the PV St Oswald off Northumberland yesterday.
If you see any of these stunning creatures (or any other whales, dolphins or porpoises) anywhere on the east coast from Northumberland-Essex can you submit your sighting to the North East Cetacean Project database please? It's easy to do - just visit http://www.northeastcetaceans.org.uk/ and click on 'Submit a Sighting'. The data gathered will add to the knowledge of the movements and distribution of our cetaceans and will support efforts to conserve the marine environment.
Sighting of the month though, was a large whale 1.5nm E of Cresswell, initially identified as a Humpback Whale, and later reidentified as a Sperm Whale, during a North East Cetacean Project transect survey on PV St Oswald on 31st (R.Milor/NECP).
Plenty of swell and a strengthening southeasterly combined to make surveying impossible this afternoon (waves crashing over the boat every few minutes...) but the morning produced the sort of sightings we dream of;
Minke Whale 1 off Alnmouth
White-beaked Dolphin 6 bow-riding for 12mins from 2mi off Druridge Pools to a point 1.8mi E of Coquet Island