The end of 2016 and start of 2017 have already produced a couple of jaw-dropping cetacean sightings...
Other than in deeper offshore areas, August and September are usually relatively quiet months for cetacean sightings in Northumberland's waters, but 2016 is proving to be an exception...
This summer July and August have been fantastic for sightings of whales, dolphins and sea birds right here in the North Sea. Last month there were frequent sightings of Minke Whale made by many observers from the headlands across the North Sea Coast. The warm summer weather with calm seas no doubt helped to make it easier for dedicated and casual sea watchers alike to have some quite unique encounters.
Why not get involved?
The North Sea Wildlife Trusts and MARINElife have joined forces to help protect North Sea wildlife. In order to better understand the marine mammals and seabirds that frequent our waters we need to understand the type of species seen as well as their distribution and behaviour in order to identify key hotspots for their activity. These surveys will help us do this and importantly you could be a part of it!
Marinelife Research Team Leader Duncan Fyfe was treated to a memorable 90 minutes or so cetacean watching from the Heugh Gun Battery. An incredible 12 harbour porpoise within 150m of the promenade.
A Rare Sei Whale was sadly washed up in the Humber Estuary this week.
This photograph was sent into us by Sarah Arthur who came across this unfortunate individual on the shore line close to Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland.
Rosyth to Zeebrugge MARINElife Survey aboard Tor Finlandia on 12-14 June2011, with surveyors Karen Dick and Janet Shepherd.
The June survey had some good dolphin sightings off the North East Coast that included Common Dolphin, Harbour Porpoise, White-beaked Dolphin and grey seals. The survey route exits the Firth of Forth, rounds Bass Rock and the Farne Islands before heading further south and then across the North Sea to Zeebrugge. The following report is provided by Karen and Janet:
There have been some excellent sightings of White-Beaked Dolphin in the last few months.
We urgently need your help to continue collecting sightings through a postcard scheme, our dedicated website or by volunteering. Here's how you can help.