The course was run by a UK charity called "Marine life" who run an extensive programme of marine research and projects in the English Channel, Bay of Biscay and North Sea. They operate on 14 ferry routes and routinely record the number of whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and sea birds they see on these trips.
It was surprising to learn how much wildlife there is in the water around our island. What's more with the help of binoculars and knowing the signs and the right sea conditions it may be possible to see these magnificent animals from the shore.
In Dorset there have been recordings of bottle-nose dolphins, white-beaked dolphins,common dolphins and harbour porpoises.
Although it seemed easy to identify the wildlife with the help of picture charts. It is quite different to quickly identify an animal when you only get a quick fleeting glance!
We saw these dolphins on a boat trip a few years ago in Studland Bay. It was a wonderful experience to see them! I need lots of practice and better sea legs before I will be volunteering to join in the recording from a boat at sea! On our walks along the coast the camera will now be acccompanied with binoculars too!
If you are either visiting the coast or taking a ferry it would be worth visiting Marine life here and finding out what wildlife you might be lucky enough to spot. Have you ever spotted anything exciting at sea or from the shore?
As the sun was setting one evening last week ,we sat in a harbourside pub and enjoyed these views.