Saturday, 10 November 2012

Bottlenose Dolphins 09/11/2012

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.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Bottlenose Dolphins 21/10/2012

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).

Friday, 12 October 2012

Recent MARINElife North Sea Ferry Survey sightings from DFDS Seaways

Immingham to Esbjerg 7-9 Sept, Jutlandia Seaways
Common Seal with Grey Seal 325 (hauled out)

Immingham to Cuxhaven 14-16 Sept, Hafnia Seaways
Harbour Porpoise 1

Immingham to Brevik 23-26 Sept, Petunia Seaways
Harbour Porpoise 19
Minke Whale 2
Grey Seal 12

Felixstowe to Vlaardingen 25 Sept, Flandria Seaways
Minke Whale 1

Rosyth to Zeebrugge 14-15 Sept, Finlandia Seaways
White-Beaked Dolphin 2
Harbour Porpoise 1
Grey Seal 1

For more information please see

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

White-beaked Dolphins

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 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.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Sightings May 2012

Plenty of Harbour Porpoise sightings throughout the month with up to 5 from the shore at Scarborough (S. Baines)

6 Bottlenose Dolphins (including a very small calf) S past Snab Point on 8th (M.Kitching/Northern Experience Wildlife Tours)

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).

Friday, 3 February 2012

Sightings 01/02/2012

Enough to warm you through, no matter that's it's sub-zero :-)

Harbour Porpoise x2 and a distant dolphin sp. from Harkess Rocks, Bamburgh, late afternoon (M. S. Kitching/Northern Experience Wildlife Tours)