Appearance: most obvious feature is a stripe linking the beak to the the rear of the body
Distribution: Western side of British waters
Interesting fact: they have a gestation period of 10 to 12 months
What colours can dolphins see?
Studies show that dolphins can see in shades of grey, as well as the blue-green spectrum. Dolphins usually stay in shallow water but are capable of diving down to depths of 260 metres. Bottlenose dolphins have bigger brains than humans (1600 grams versus 1300 grams), and a brain-to-body-weight ratio greater than great apes.
What do you call a group of dolphins?
A group of dolphins is known as a pod. Dolphins can communicate with various noises, usually in the form of clicks and whistles.
How do dolphins give birth?
The dolphin is the only mammal that gives birth to its baby tail first. Each dolphin’s dorsal fin is totally unique.
Which dolphin species are endangered?
Endangered dolphins like the Maui’s dolphin are on the brink of extinction due to entanglement in fishing gear. All dolphins are threatened by pollution, climate change, and commercial harvest. Pink river dolphins live in the Bolivian Amazon.
Some of the most spectacular whales and dolphins mentioned in our guide can be found off the coast of Orkney and Shetland. Keep an eye out for risso’s dolphin, minke wales and even awe-inspiring orcas throwing their prey up in the air. Take a NorthLink Ferry from Scotland’s mainland to reach Shetland and Orkney’s marine mammal hotspots.
Bottlenose dolphins form one of Cardigan Bay’s so-called ‘big three’, along with harbour porpoises and Atlantic grey seals, and hence this area of Wales is a hotspot for catching a glimpse of these acrobatic mammals. The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales works closely with Dolphin Survey Boat Trips offering an eco-tourism tour led by experts in the field.
For those after nearshore sightings, The Sea Watch Foundation recommends headlands and bays as the place to be. Hence, it’s no surprise that Cornwall’s Land’s End Peninsula and St Ives Bay are ideal for spotting bottlenoses. In fact, this region boasts England’s only resident population of bottlenose dolphins.
Torry Battery, Aberdeenshire
If it’s a humpback sighting you’re looking for, then a trip to Aberdeen is a top spot. There’s parking at the site: AB11 9DA
This year, the little village of Bispham, Blackpool was fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of bottlenoses. Why not take a visit– you might have a lucky encounter too.
Large groups of common dolphins can be observed from the iconic coastal headland of Berry Head in Devon. For those wishing to be closer to the water, head further south to Dartmouth for a historic, wildlife-enriched tour. The Dartmouth coastal cruise is one hour long and offers the possibility of dolphin sightings.