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Why report whale, dolphin and porpoise sightings?

It is surprising how little people know about the 25+ species found in UK waters. By reporting any sightings, you are helping to add information to the National Database held by the Sea Watch Foundation. This is used to focus research and conservation efforts in the areas where it is most needed. If you see anything, please let us know.

There are many species of whales, dolphins and porpoises around the UK coast, the following are only those most likely to be seen off the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire coast.

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Tell us simply WHAT you saw, WHERE it was and WHEN you saw it!

WHAT - If you are CERTAIN about your identification, it helps if you say so. If not was it PROBABLY, or POSSIBLY a certain species? 

WHERE - Were you on land or a boat? If possible give us Lat and Long, a Grid Reference or the name of the place e.g. Flamborough Head.

WHEN - The date and time is all we need. If you don't have an exact time, just give your best estimate.

If all you are sure of is that you saw something with a fin please still email us to let us know! We'll be quite happy with an identification of "I saw some sort of porpoise or dolphin near Spurn Point. It was about 2:30 on 20.8.04!"

If you can tell us about wind force, direction, sea state, cloud cover etc. it is very useful but the WHAT, WHERE and WHEN is the most important!

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