Last Thursday night was the best deck watch we have had so far this season on DFDS King Seaways. The water was beautifully calm, and there was a beautiful sunset to add to it. I had been joined on deck by an enthusiastic ecology student, who was first to spot the dolphins. Our first sighting was of 2, or possibly 3 white-beaked dolphins, a few hundred metres away from the ship. About half an hour later we spotted another group of dolphins, this time at least six of them! They put on a good show for the passengers, jumping right out of the water. Then we spotted some harbour porpoises just as the sun was setting.
I am hoping for more calm seas over the next week so that hopefully we will see more of the white-beaks. It is possible that they have a nursery area off the Northumberland coast, where they come to give birth and raise their calves in early summer time. If this is the case then hopefully they will become a regular feature in our deck watches over the coming months!
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ORCA Wildlife Education Officer
DFDS King Seaways