They will be sending in sightings of any porpoises, dolphins or whales to Sea Watch – the holder of one of the largest sightings databases in Europe.
Monty is also holding a special 3 hour boat trip and educational talk on his 8m RIB from Dartmouth, donating £5 to Sea Watch for every passenger they take. Call the shop on 01803 431858 to book your place!
The information gathered during the National Whale and Dolphin Watch helps create a snap shot of the species and their distribution around the UK coast – information which feeds into scientific discussions on trends and the development of effective conservation policies.
Monty said: “ We are passionate about conservation of our marine mammals and delighted to be taking part in National Whale and Dolphin Watch. Marine mammals are vital for the balance of our marine ecosystems. Encounters with dolphins are always memorable , such as this one pictured by one of our passengers Denise Love when we came across a pod of bottlenose dolphins at Mew Stone earlier this month.”
The National Whale and Dolphin Watch – hosted by Sea Watch and sponsored by BG – is now in its 11th year, and is an opportunity for the public to take part in monitoring the whales, dolphins and porpoises around the UK shores.
Anyone can also take part by themselves– simply pick a spot on the coast, grab your binoculars, download some sightings forms from the Sea Watch website and look out and record any dolphins, porpoises or whales you see.
The information gathered during the watch feeds into a growing bank of information about the 29 species of cetaceans – whales, dolphins and porpoises – which have been known to visit our shores. The knowledge gained brings with it a better understanding of species’ movements, their distribution and the health of populations – helping to develop effective conservation policies.