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    Just seen a pair of Dolphins in the Blackwater off W. Mersea. Grandchildren were exceedingly impressed, as was I��
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    They were probably harbour porpoises. I've seen those many times.
    https://uk.whales.org/whales-dolphin...bour-porpoise/
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    Quote Originally Posted by MoodySabre View Post
    They were probably harbour porpoises. I've seen those many times.
    https://uk.whales.org/whales-dolphin...bour-porpoise/
    Saw one by Colne Bar last Tuesday evening.

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    Saw one last Monday off the entrance to the Ore..

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    If you have about an hour to spare you could report the sighting as follows :-

    https://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/sightingsform/
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    needs a smartphone app..

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    Saw them today (Tuesday), near Bradwell Looked like two or there harbour porpoises. I've seen then fairly often in the Blackwater in spring and autumn for last couple of years.

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    Saw what looked like a female with a calf off Languard point about 4 weeks ago
    https://share.icloud.com/photos/04yv...6IXBDA#England

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    We have also seen porpoises in the Blackwater and Colne quite often, but only once in the Crouch. We saw dolphins when crossing the North Sea just once (out of 30-odd crossings) somewhere off Lowestoft. Of course, on our still-current Scottish trip this year, we saw dolphins quite frequently. You often hear the porpoise breathing before you see it and then it appears just once or twice. We have, or had, a lot of photos showing a bit of sea were a porpoise was an instant ago - well done anyone who managed to snatch a photo!
    Last edited by Ali-alshira; 21-08-19 at 15:39.

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    Last year, in Middelfart in Denmark, we stumbled on a bizarre ceremony, where they commemorate the porpoise hunting which took place up to about a hundred years ago. Porpoises are still quite common there, but they used to be hunted for their oil. They were herded, using lots of small boats, into bays and then slaughtered. The ceremony consisted of a small boat like that used for the hunt being towed round the town with a band (guitar, horizontal double bass and flute ) in the boat, pulled by a tractor. There were lots of followers who stopped and sang songs every now and then. Most bizarrely, there was a disection of a porpoise outside the library "to educate the children"! It was very gory! They are, of course, protected in Denmark now, but the Danes are proud of the tradition.

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