A weekend on the coast of
would be nothing without spending a little time in
search of those enigmatic marine mammals, dolphins, in this case bottlenose
dolphins to be specific. Wales
Whilst we have seen dolphins from Borth and Aberystwyth, one of the best places to see them from the shore or to take a boat trip, is New Quay and it is here that we headed on Sunday.
With the narrow streets bustling with people, we headed for the quay, eyes scanning the silvery grey sea for any hint of a dorsal fin. It did not take long and soon we were settled, eating chips and watching two dolphins surfacing a short way off the harbour…bliss!
|Bottlenose dolphin surfaces off New Quay, West Wales|
A lot of the research carried out on dolphins is based on photo-identification, taking photos of the dorsal fin and back of dolphins and identifying individuals based on scars, nicks and scratches. Interestingly one of the dolphins we saw today had a really distinctive dorsal fin, with a white top edge, distinctive shape to the fin and nick in the trailing edge…
|Close up of the dorsal fin|
|Me and Barley, watching dolphins from the quay wall... |
although Barley seems to be facing the wrong way!