Rare dol­phin sight­ings

Practical Boat Owner - - Letters -

At the be­gin­ning of Oc­to­ber I was sail­ing My GK 24 Golden Kie about one mile due south of Shore­ham Har­bour. Around 1300 I spot­ted a pod of six to eight dol­phins straight ahead. I im­me­di­ately tacked to star­board to fol­low them.

They played around my boat for about 10 min­utes and then dis­ap­peared. I was sail­ing solo as I nor­mally do and only had my mo­bile phone cam­era on board. To say it was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence was an un­der­state­ment. I have been told that this is the first sight­ing in this area of the English Chan­nel for 20 years. David Edgar

No, not the Caribbean, but just out of the mouth of the Tyne off South Shields. Pot­ter­ing up and down the North East coast in my Jaguar 25 in early Au­gust three dol­phins joined me for 20 min­utes. I guess only the grey over­cast sky gave any clue that the lo­ca­tion was not an ex­otic clime. A tick on my bucket list. Michael Stan­ley New­cas­tle upon Tyne

David Edgar spot­ted dol­phins off Shore­ham in Oc­to­ber

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