Whales and dolphins off the Mablethorpe coastline

A Northern Bottlenose whale.
A Northern Bottlenose whale.
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MABLETHORPE residents and visitors are being urged to play their part in helping to keep track of whales and dolphins living in UK waters during this summer’s National Whale and Dolphin Watch (NWDW).

The initiative, organised by marine research charity Sea Watch aims to build a clearer picture of how many whales and dolphins are swimming in our seas.

According to the charity, kinke and bottlenose whales (pictured) and white-beaked and harbour dolphins are all native to our coast and recently two harbour porpoises were seen feeding off the coast at Anderby Creek, just south of Mablethorpe.

Dave Miller, Coastal Action Zone Ranger for the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, is helping to co-ordinate the event. “We have already been carrying out watches along the coast and, at the launch of the Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park in April two harbour porpoises were spotted feeding just off the coast at Anderby Creek,” he explained.

“In recent years we have had strandings of northern bottlenose whale and sperm whale, and sightings of white-beaked dolphin and many harbour porpoises. So the cetaceans are definitely out there; we just need to spot and record them.”

Sea Watch’s Sightings Officer, Danielle Gibas, added: “The information we collect creates a snapshot of the distribution of dolphins, whales and porpoises.

“We gather data on sightings throughout the year providing essential background on the relative abundance and distribution of cetaceans. This helps shape marine conservation policies aimed at protecting the whales, dolphins and porpoises around our coast.”

Details of how to take part, and of all manned watches across the UK, can be found on www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk.