Wednesday, 29 July 2009

An evening watch

With the forecast heavy rain nowhere to be seen (not like the Met Office to get it wrong...) I decided to spend an hour at Church Point this evening. The sea was very calm and there wasn't a breath of wind. Viewing conditions were ideal for cetacean watching though and the hour produced;

Harbour Porpoise 2
Bottlenose Dolphin 1

White-beaked Dolphins

Mid-July is always a time when expectations for the forthcoming cetacean season are growing. With a pod of 20-30 dolphins off Sunderland and Tynemouth last Friday, which seem very likely to have been White-beaked, I thought I'd post a video clip from Andy Tait/Northern Experience, from a pelagic I organised in 2005, showing how close they sometimes get to our boat. We counted at least 15 animals on this trip, including one juvenile. Enjoy.

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Welcome to Northeast Cetaceans

I've created this blog to allow observers to share cetacean sightings around the coast of northeast England. Anyone who wants to be an author of this blog is invited to contact me and I'll add you to the list so you can post your own sightings. As well as up to date info, we'll be posting images and video from some of the cetacean and birdwatching pelagics we've enjoyed over the last 11 years.