Hello and welcome all to National Whale and Dolphin Watch Dairies 2021! Let’s take a look at the weekend highlights.
July 28th, 2021
There were 54 watches today; 17 in Scotland, 6 in Wales, 30 England, and 1 in the Channel Islands. We’ve had a great start to the watch with 46 sightings reported (and more are streaming in as we speak) of 6 different marine species. Check the map below to see some of the sightings which were verified by our Sightings Team:
- Bottlenose dolphin
- Common seal
- Grey seal
- Harbour porpoise
- Minke whale
- Common dolphin
We’ve had reports of three bottlenose dolphins travelling quickly along the shore in a group including a juvenile which were sighted off the Burghead Heritage Centre in Moray by Amy Baxter. Minke whales were the biggest surprise of the day with sightings recorded off Newbiggin, Northumberland and Donmouth, Aberdeenshire, where the whales were recorded feeding in association with birds close to shore. The team of Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust sighted common dolphins fast travelling and feeding just a kilometre off Berry Head, Cornwall.
To see the full list of all verified sightings recorded during National Whale and Dolphin Watch click here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Don’t forget to join our on-site and online events during the NWDW week! For more information check this page and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the organizers at email@example.com.
I would love to hear from you about how you’re getting on with the National Whale and Dolphin Watch 2021. If you’d like to be featured in one of the diary entries, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us all about it! Please write “NWDW 2021 Diaries” in your email subject line.
Thank you to all our official partners who are greatly contributing to the success of this year’s National Whale and Dolphin Watch.
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See you tomorrow for Day 6!
SWF Sightings Officer
NWDW Lead Organizer
NWDW Feature Blogger