Hello and welcome all to National Whale and Dolphin Watch Dairies 2021! Let’s take a look at the weekend highlights.
July 27th, 2021
There were 49 watches today; 16 in Scotland, 7 in Wales, 25 England, and 1 from Northern Ireland. We’ve had a great start to the watch with 96 sightings reported (and more are streaming in as we speak) of 7 different marine species. Check the map below to see some of the sightings which were verified by our Sightings Team:
- Bottlenose dolphin
- Grey seal
- Harbour porpoise
- Minke whale
- Risso’s dolphin
- Common dolphin
- White-beaked dolphin
We’ve had reports of three Risso’s dolphins travelling off Trinkie, Wick, Caithness from Colin Bird. Bottlenose dolphins were recorded by many observers on the day but Julia Leichnitz reported a large pod of 30 quite which included calves which were sighted feeding, leaping and tail-slapping (watch her video here below). The dolphins were recorded in Findochty, Moray. Common dolphins were recorded by the team of Marine Discovery Penzance off Penzance, Cornwall, feeding in association with gannets and harbour porpoises were captured in an amazing shot while leaping off the water off Amlwch, Anglesey by Anne and George Boyer.
To see the full list of all verified sightings recorded during National Whale and Dolphin Watch click here.
Video courtesy of Julia Leichnitz
Please remember to keep submitting your sightings online via our sightings form or using the Sea Watcher App before you submit your recording forms to email@example.com. Remember that records of species absence are just as important! So please send in your recording forms even if you don’t see any cetaceans.
You have until midnight on the 15th of August to return your recording forms or let us know you submitted all your data via the App, for a chance to win prizes from our amazing sponsors! Go to our competition page to find our more.
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See you tomorrow for Day 5!
Chiara G SWF Sightings Officer NWDW Lead Organizer NWDW Feature Blogger