Recent dolphin sightings in North Wales have sparked a rush of excitement from locals and wildlife conservationists.
Although dolphins are known to inhabit Welsh waters, they are rarely spotted locally, more commonly seen much further down the South coast, and the string of sightings has triggered an enthusiastic look out from residents keen to catch a glimpse of the intelligent and playful creatures.
Volunteers for the Sea Watch Foundation recently gained funding to survey the area following the reports and captured a pod of 20 bottle nose dolphins on film off the Kinmel Bay shore in late May.
Happy dolphin spotters have, of course, been expressing their excitement via social media. Several sightings were reported in the Colwyn Bay area on 9th June, looking out from Porth Eirias and Rhos Point with more noted at the Great Orme in Llandudno on 10th June.
“It’s not often you go running along the promenade with dolphins swimming alongside. What an amazing sight” Julie Davidson, Old Colwyn
“I was sat on the Great Orme and thought I was imagining things when I saw a dorsal fin – the next thing I knew, 4 dolphins leapt from the water. It was an amazing sight, very surreal.” Gail Roberts, Llandudno
In addition, local water sports clubs and boaters have told of sightings up and down the coast, with some capturing footage.
The Sea Watch Foundation say that an increase in sea traffic further south could be driving the dolphins towards quieter waters, they also emphasised the importance that boats do not follow them.
There’s an abundance of wildlife to enjoy throughout the North Wales Coast including wide varieties of internationally important sea bird populations and marine mammals; porpoise and seals, even minke, fin and humpback whales are known to pass through the waters. For the unexpecting public, the dolphin sightings have been a much welcomed and uplifting experience.
Have you spotted any dolphins? We’d love to hear your stories.