WARM weather has led to ‘unprecedented numbers’ of dolphin sightings around the British Isles, with predictions they could be seen off the south coast.
Figures released by the Sea Watch Foundation this week showed warm and settled weather had led to increases in the number of whales and dolphins seen around the British Isles.
Kathy James, Sea Watch’s sightings officer, said although there would be less along the south coast when compared to other parts of the country, there could still be a number off the coast of West Sussex.
“Around the whole of the UK, it is one of the quieter areas, so people don’t tend to look,” she said, adding: “That doesn’t mean they’re not there.
“We’re really trying to get people out there looking.”
With so many sightings of marine mammals, Sea Watch encouraged everyone to go to the coast and see them for themselves.
Kathy added: “I wouldn’t expect you to see so many as in Cornwall, but it doesn’t mean that you wouldn’t. Ideally, we would have as many people looking in West Sussex as in Cornwall.
“I think then we would turn up a completely different picture.” Sea Watch is currently collecting data for its national whale and dolphin watch week, which finishes on Sunday (August 3).
For more information, visit www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk.