Dolphins spotted off Sunderland coast – have you seen any?

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Dolphins have been spotted up and down the North East coast over the bank holiday weekend.

This picture was taken by reader Bry Little, who also filmed the playful creatures - believed to be white-beaked dolphins - from his boat off the Sunderland coast.

A pod of dolphins off the Sunderland coast. Submitted by reader Bry Little.

A pod of dolphins off the Sunderland coast. Submitted by reader Bry Little.

Other readers have been in touch having seen them as far apart as Seaham, Roker, and Teesside

The white-beaked dolphin is only found in the temperate and sub-arctic waters of the North Atlantic and North Sea.

They are usually seen in open waters further from the coast.

They are powerful swimmers and like to bow ride – swimming in the wakes of boats – which reduces their energy expenditure.

These dolphins are usually seen in small groups of three to 30 animals but occasionally form larger groups of several hundred individuals.

Have you seen any dolphins?

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