Dolphins spotted off the Seaham coast as region experiences a flurry of sightings
Footage shows dolphins swimming near Seaham after multiple sightings were reported off the North East coast in the past few weeks.
People in Seaham were treated to a beautiful sight after a pod of dolphins was spotted jumping in and out the water off the coast in Seaham on Tuesday (March 2) afternoon.
It’s the latest in a string of sightings reported across the region, with a humpback whale and dolphins seen in Northumberland just last weekend (February 27).
Courtney Louise Dunn was driving home from work when she spotted the dolphins. She managed to capture the sighting on camera and said she couldn’t believe it when she saw the animals swimming in the water.
She said: “It was an amazing experience. I was driving home from work along the coast road when something in the sea caught my eye, I wasn’t sure what it was though.
"As I got closer to the car park opposite the Crows Nest I saw a few people looking out to sea and pointing, so I pulled up in the car park to have a look.
"I couldn’t believe it when I realised it was a big pod of dolphins. There must have been about 20 of them.
"I would never have thought we would be so lucky to witness such an amazing scene, especially in Seaham.
"I always thought dolphins stayed in the warmer waters and the North Sea would be too cold for them.
"I love dolphins and it was amazing to see them in their natural habitat, jumping in and out of the water. I just had to record it on my phone and share it with those who missed it.”
It comes after numerous sightings were reported in South Shields, Roker and Seaburn in Sunderland, as well as Hartlepool.
The Sea Watch Foundation says 30 whale and dolphin species have been recorded in UK waters, with the bottlenose dolphin and the harbour porpoise among the most popular.
Although seeing a dolphin can be a very special experience, lockdown restrictions are still in place. Under Government guidelines people should not be travelling outside of their local area and should stay local for their daily exercise.