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    Default So many dolphins in the Eastern Solent

    I was amazed to see at least 15 dolphins off St Helens Fort, Bembridge this week. See below. Has anyone else seen so many this far East?

    https://youtu.be/kv-vvzCHKuo
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    https://youtu.be/qrkJP42i89c

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    Default Re: So many dolphins in the Eastern Solent

    Not that far east but we had a dolphintastic trip back from Falmouth on the weekend. A pair of bottlenosed not long after leaving falmouth, dozen or more common dolphins west of bolt head which played with us for what seemed like ages but was probably only 20 mins, couple more a couple of hours past start point, another pod of a dozen or more in the middle of lyme bay then a couple more encounters with a pair before portland bill.

    I acquired a gopro for my birthday. Turns out my snowboarding skills are too mild to make for interesting watching but I now have some worthwhile dolphin footage I just have to work out how to edit decently...

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    Default Re: So many dolphins in the Eastern Solent

    Quote Originally Posted by daverebbettes View Post
    I was amazed to see at least 15 dolphins off St Helens Fort, Bembridge this week. See below. Has anyone else seen so many this far East?

    https://youtu.be/kv-vvzCHKuo
    We saw a fair few Dolphins on the way to Brighton last year in the summer roughly in the middle between the Looe channel and the wind farm

    https://youtu.be/ssrVGOhxVEY?t=261

    there are a few around portland marina that we've seen a few times reliably, although i did hear one washed up on chesil beach recently tangled in plastic

    https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/17...each-portland/

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    Default Re: So many dolphins in the Eastern Solent

    Sounds like you had little ones with you. Now that is the time to see dolphins. I'm sure they loved it. Keep safe.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cactus Sailing View Post
    We saw a fair few Dolphins on the way to Brighton last year in the summer roughly in the middle between the Looe channel and the wind farm

    https://youtu.be/ssrVGOhxVEY?t=261

    there are a few around portland marina that we've seen a few times reliably, although i did hear one washed up on chesil beach recently tangled in plastic

    https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/17...each-portland/
    Youtube - Lee Shores, Lazy Jacks and Lunches
    https://youtu.be/qrkJP42i89c

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    Default Re: So many dolphins in the Eastern Solent

    Several dolphins appeared as we were anchored in Whitecliff Bay last August, so shouted at the wife to grab the fishing rods. She swiftly appeared on deck with them with a puzzled look on her face. Within a minute or so the water was alive with swirling mackerel which the dolphins were corralling into a surprisingly tight circle. Waited for an opportune moment then dipped a feather trace into the water: caught 6 mackerel within about 2 seconds, then another 6! Sorted dinner for that night and BBQ on Studland beach next day with another forumite

    Hope the dolphins hadn't done a stock-take before dinner!

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    Default Re: So many dolphins in the Eastern Solent

    We had a pod pass us just south of Swanage on Saturday, they were heading up towards Poole. As we were going the other way they came in close to have a look at us on the way past but didn't stop to play.
    Still learning.

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    Default Re: So many dolphins in the Eastern Solent

    If anyone is on holidays in Lanzarote there is a small pod frisking around about a mile off Puerto Calero. Made a nice sail this morning even better.

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    Default Re: So many dolphins in the Eastern Solent

    Quote Originally Posted by Cactus Sailing View Post

    there are a few around portland marina that we've seen a few times reliably, although i did hear one washed up on chesil beach recently tangled in plastic
    This one in Portland harbour was around for several months. It stayed with our mooring inspection vessel virtually every time it went out and seemed very interested in the mooring chains and sinkers. If we could just train it to fill in the paperwork as well, we wouldn't need to go out!


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    Default Re: So many dolphins in the Eastern Solent

    We have seen more than in the past five years in the last week in the Aegean. A pod of around 7-8 striped dolphin south of Ikaria and three or four common dolphin at N end of Chios yesterday.
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    Default Re: So many dolphins in the Eastern Solent

    Great vid. They can be sneaky buggers, ducking and diving like an illegal street trader but you got lucky.

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