Go dol­phin watch­ing

Country Living (UK) - - A Month In The Country -

AS THE SUM­MER SUN PLAYS ITS STAR­RING ROLE, GRAB YOUR PICNIC HAM­PER AND BINOC­U­LARS and head for the coast. With the mild weather mak­ing dol­phins eas­ier to spot, there are a num­ber of lo­ca­tions where you might see them duck­ing and div­ing through the waves. North of the bor­der, the Mo­ray Firth – an in­let of the North Sea – is a well-known play­ground for bot­tlenose (Tur­siops trun­ca­tus) pods, who leap clear of the water in a thrilling dis­play of ac­ro­bat­ics, while, at the other end of the UK, the short-beaked com­mon dol­phin (Del­phi­nus del­phis), Risso’s dol­phin (Gram­pus griseus) and har­bour por­poise (Pho­coena pho­coena) all visit the wa­ters off Land’s End in Corn­wall. For more de­tails on where you can see this re­mark­able mam­mal, see A Walk to Take (over­leaf ).

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