The top 10 places to spot dolphins off the North East coast

Where are the best places to spot dolphins in the North East?

Monday, 10th August 2020, 9:11 am
Dolphins off the coast of Bamburgh Castle (photo: @rob_northern) .

Spotting dolphins splashing around near the coast is a beautiful sight, and it’s becoming increasingly common across the North East with several locations reporting on average of at least one sighting per day.

Here are the current top 10 places to spot dolphins off the North East coast according to Sea Watch Foundation listed sightings from 19 July to 5 August 2020:

A total of 112 dolphins have been spotted off the Newbiggin coast since July 19. Church point and Beacon point are particularly popular areas.

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Seaton Sluice is one of the most popular places for dolphin spotting in the North East. While only 17 separate sightings were recorded, the larger pod sizes observed compared to Newbiggin means that at total of 141 dolphins were spotted in total.
Around 91 dolphins have been spotted off the Whitburn coast in eight separate sightings. Most sightings came from the Whitburn Bird Observatory.
Dolphins can regularly be seen off the coast of Berwick and Spittal beaches as well as Berwick lighthouse in Northumberland. Around 146 dolphins in total were spotted across seven sightings since July 19, more than any other area in the North East.
Whitley Bay in North Tyneside is another great spot for dolphin spotters with seven sightings recorded in the past 17 days. A total of 71 dolphins have been spotted across the sightings.
Just along from Whitley Bay, Cullercoats has also been a popular spot for dolphins over the past 17 days. Bottle-nosed and the lesser spotted white-beaked dolphins have been seen off the Cullercoats shore with a total of 82 recorded.
People at Howick in Northumberland to record seven dolphin sightings off the coast. A total of 49 dolphins have been seen in the past 17 days with pod sizes ranging from two to 24.
The coastal areas of Hartlepool has seen four sightings with a total of 99 dolphins spotted - giving an average pod size per sighting of 16.5.
The Marsden and Sandhaven areas have been particularly good for dolphin spotters in recent weeks with a total of 47 bottlenose, white-beaked and harbour porpoise seen off the coast.
Although only six seperate sightings were recorded off the coast of Seaham in County Durham, a total of 76 dolphins were spotted, giving an average pod size per sighting of 13.