A project to map the presence of whales and dolphins off the North East coast has recorded sightings of no fewer than 614 individual creatures in the space of 12 months.
The Newcastle University project was led by Joanna Stockill, of the Universitys Dove Marine Laboratory, at Cullercoats, which is located on the coast near Tynemouth.
Joanna enlisted the help of local fishermen and members of Royal Northumberland Yacht Club to carry out the study, as part of a project entitled: The North Sea: A Sustainable Future which is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. They were given guidelines about species identification, and asked to complete questionnaires each time they made sightings of whales or dolphins while at sea.
Melanie Reed | alfa
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