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  1. #21
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    A dolphin was clearly photographed in the Medway 3 years ago
    http://msba.org.uk/?p=3408
    Ironically the photographer was on a boat called Dolphin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cantata View Post
    Porpoises were a common sight 50-60 years ago along the estuary shore of Kent where I was brought up. They usually travelled in pairs, a couple of fins and a glimpse of back breaking the surface every 50 yards or so in a kind of rolling motion as they passed by on passage. Spotting them became a rare event, so it's great if they are gaining in numbers again.
    But I'm positive I saw a dolphin a couple of years ago, off Whitstable. We were heading along the coast about a mile off, downwind in a lumpy sea, when I happen to glance behind and saw a fin very quickly catching us up. As it passed, I could very clearly see it was a dolphin, very close to the surface and going like the clappers. I'd swear it leered at me as it went by.
    We have a holiday home just across the water from Whitstable on Sheppey and a few years back, probably 10 or more now, I was just aimlessly looking across towards Whitstable through binoculars and spotted quite a large school of dolphins leaping out of the water. I watched them disappear out of sight towards Herne bay. We watched a solitary porpoise in the Swale last Monday from our rib just South of Shellness

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    In my paper today there is a report of a recent survey showing a large numer of seals in the Thames, so presumably there is a food supply now available that wasn't there only a few years ago.
    Far away is near at hand in images of elsewhere

  4. #24
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    'The population surveys show that seal numbers in the Thames are rising but it is yet unknown if this is due to resident seals having pups or from adults migrating from other regions where colonies are known to be dwindling. For the first time in 2018, therefore, the team at ZSL undertook a breeding survey. The aim going forward is that the two survey methods will complement each other and allow our researchers to better understand the seals in the Thames and the reasons behind their changing numbers.' https://www.zsl.org/conservation/new...with-seal-pups

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    Last proper close encounter we had was in 2017 on our way home from Boulogne. Ran into a pod of dolphins between Boulogne and Gris Nez - they played around the boat for 10 mins or so as we passed.
    Just back from a short trip to Belgium - saw a pod of dolphins on the way over but about 100m off the beam going the other way - they didn't take any interest in us/

  6. #26
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    I saw a pod of 4 or 5 near the Goodwins last week and a seal floating on its back eating a fish.
    And a couple of Stealth bombers with escorts but Im convinced they were Man made.
    Invasive species perhaps?

  7. #27
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    I'm surprised the seals are dwindling, there seems more and more where I sail.
    Pic. is Shingle Street last sundayseals.jpg
    often an odd one around feeding but first time I've seen a group

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    I haven't counted the Hamford Water ones this year but there seemed to be a lot around earlier. About 70 last year I think, unless anayone knows more accurately. One hears about numbers crashing every now and again due to disease, so maybe the numbers will fluctuate.
    Far away is near at hand in images of elsewhere

  9. #29
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    We saw two pairs of porpoises off Nieuwpoort on Saturday and a pod of dolphins whilst heading from Dieppe to Boulogne in late August. We have seen the occasional one or two dolphins previously but never had a pod of 8 or 9 approach the boat, some diving under us and "playing" off the stern. We moved from the Solent to Nieuwpoort this year and there seem to be more seals and porpoises at this end of the Channel. The slipway at our club has been closed for several weeks after a group of seals moved in, presumably they are clearing up all the harbour mullet and will move on when the place is fished out.

  10. #30
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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/
    Hi Roger,

    Many thanks for the link - I just got round to looking at it. I'd often wondered when encountering these wonders of the deep whether I was looking at dolphins or porpoises and now, thanks to you, I ought to be able to tell them apart. The porpoise fin being aft of the middle of their back looks quite obvious in the polecam video you linked to, so it will be interesting to see if I can tell the difference next time I meet one or other.

    Thanks again for the lesson.

    Peter.

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