Bottlenose Dolphins
White-beaked dolphins
Rissos' Dolphin
Minke Whale surfacing

The winter's always a quiet time...

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 13:51

The end of 2016 and start of 2017 have already produced a couple of jaw-dropping cetacean sightings...

As 2016 drew to a close the diligence and effort of the regular observers at Whitburn was rewarded when a female Orca went south past the observatory on 27th December.  With 2017 only a few weeks old a Humpback Whale was filmed breaching and tail-slapping from a fishing boat 14nm offshore, south of the Tyne, on January 20th.  There was a flurry of Bottlenose Dolphin sightings around Newbiggin by the Sea, Whitley Bay and Whitburn on January 8th and calm seas during this less than typical winter produced good numbers of Harbour Porpoise sightings.

MARINElife's North East Regional Officer, Dr Martin Kitching, is encouraging observers to submit their sighting records via the online submission form on the North East Cetacean Project website. As Martin explains "Proposed Marine Protected Areas need to be underpinned with solid evidence that shows when and where our cetaceans occur, and the records that observers submit to us when they're at the coast is an incredibly valuable dataset alongside MARINElife's survey data for the North Sea."

If anyone is interested in joining North East Cetacean Project surveys, either from the shore or one of the regular offshore surveys that Martin leads, then he can be contacted at