Dolphin spotting as part of Marine Week

Rocky coast at Cresswell. Picture by Roger Hawkins.
Rocky coast at Cresswell. Picture by Roger Hawkins.

Northumberland Wildlife Trust is joining the other 46 UK wildlife trusts to celebrate our sealife during National Marine Week.

The week, which this year runs from Saturday, July 25, to Sunday, August 9, offers endless opportunities to day-trippers and holiday-makers keen to discover dolphin delights, while savouring our shorelines.

Aurelie Bohan, Northumberland Wildlife Trust Living Seas officer, said: “Seeing dolphins at play is a joyous spectacle, one never forgotten.

“National Marine Week is very much a celebration of the wonderful wildlife we have in our seas, including our stunning cetaceans. We want to inspire people to find more to enjoy, more to learn and more to value in the fantastic marine life around our shores.”

Our seas are home to several species of cetaceans, the group of marine creatures which includes whales, dolphins and porpoises. 

Common dolphins are extremely sociable and sometimes whole groups can be seen leaping in the air at one time.

More playful bottlenose dolphins are the species which give most people delight. Often found close to shore, they put on displays and will approach boats.

White-beaked dolphins are a colder-water species, but can be spotted inshore during summer months, with calves in tow, both in Lyme Bay and off the Northumberland coast.

Of the seven species of dolphin in our waters, bottlenose and common dolphins are probably the easiest to spot and in Northumberland, white-beaked dolphins come inshore with calves during the summer. Take a boat trip from Seahouses or look out for them from the cliffs.

Marine events taking place

Cresswell – Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Living Seas: Big Watch Weekend takes place on Saturday, July 25, at 9am until 5pm on Sunday, July 26. Meet at Cresswell Village Hall and join the Living Seas team surveying for cetaceans off the coast.

Other events include a a walk along Druridge Bay, beach clean-ups , talks on cetacean research and night rockpooling. For more, visit www.nwt.org.uk/whats-on