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Excitement over Isle of Wight dolphin sighting

Friday, May 29, 2015 - 14:05

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WHAT could be the first sighting of White-beaked Dolphins in Isle of Wight waters has been made by a group of friends fishing off the Needles.

Milo Pragnell was on board his 25ft fishing boat Annabelle last Saturday when he spotted the dolphins, which made their way over to the boat.
"we were about ten miles south of the Needles and the water was crystal clear. One of them came clear out of the water.
"It was amazing, we were therewith them for about ten minutes. They were really, really friendly.
"We go out fishing quite a lot, but we have never seen dolphins before, not like this, and we’ll probably not see them again," said Milo, 32, of High Street, Freshwater.
The Isle of Wight County Press sent Milo’s footage, which can be seen below, to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust (HIWWT) to identify the species.
Tim Ferrero, HIWWT head of marine conservation, said: "These look like White-beaked dolphins, which is exciting as they have never been recorded near the Island before. White-beaked dolphins are a cold water species usually seen off the coast of Scotland and in the Arctic Sea, but there is a sall pod that spends their summers near Lyme Bay, Dorset.
"It is not clear yet whether this group of dolphins are permanent residents of the waters around the Island, or are just visiting from Dorset, but either way, this is a fantastic sighting."
HIWWT encourages the public to report marine life sightings via its website http://www.hiwwt.org.uk/marine-sightings



Reporter: ross.findon@iwcp.co.uk

 


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