It looks like dolphins fancied their first Christmas in Yorkshire as a pod of bottlenose dolphins was spotted along the Yorkshire coast for the first time ever. And, we don’t blame them, we love a good walk along the beach to work off the Christmas pud.
The pod were spotted a week before Christmas away from their expected location. Experts say that the creatures, who would usually forage around Scotland’s Moray Firth, appear to be heading further south. The pod were spotted by Sea Watch Foundation’s Sean Baxter just off the fishing village of Staithes Coastline in North Yorkshire on 17th December, according to Yorkshire Post.
There was a group of 15 dolphins travelling in three groups spotted heading south towards Whitby later that day. Petch said it appears that the dolphins had moved on a ‘semi-permanent basis’. This he believes is “perhaps the most exciting development in recent years”.
Robin Petch, an ambassador for Sea Watch Foundation, said: “There’s never been a sighting of bottlenose dolphins in December off the Yorkshire coast before.
“We normally see them during the spring in the summer months, into the autumn.”
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