Wildlife sightings (for the nature lovers)

As I go around the coast I am hoping to encounter some fantastic wildlife. This I will try to document and share with sightings updates. It always amazes me when I tell people about the sightings I have made in British waters. The usual response is “we have whales and dolphins here? I always thought they were abroad”. 

I was lucky to travel to some far off places to see some incredible species. Part of my work was in conservation and that meant detailing hunting and trade practises. I will put up some of my photos that I hope you will not find too distressing, but if we don’t highlight the problems, we will never solve them.

Rather than say too much I will let my pictures (scroll down) do the talking. I plan to take a memory stick with me of some of my photos. If it can be arranged, I’m happy to give a talk for some food and water and maybe a floor for the night.

Below is the sightings list for Britain. It would be great to encounter some of these animals, keep an eye out for updates! 

V = vagrant in UK waters.

Northern Right Whale, (V) Eublaena glacial

Minke Whale, Balaenoptera acutorostrata

Sei WhaleBalaenoptera borealis

Blue WhaleBalaenoptera musculus

Fin Whale, Balaenoptera physalus

Humpback Whale, Megaptera novaengliae

Sowerby’s Beaked Whale, Mesoplodon bidens,

Blainville’s Beaked Whale, (V) Mesoplodon densirostris

Gervais’ Beaked WhaleMesolpodon europaeus

True’s Beaked Whale, (V) Mesolpodon mirus

Cuvier’s Beaked Whale, Ziphius cavirostris

Northern Bottle-nosed Whale, Hyperoodon ampullatus

Pygmy Sperm Whale, (V) Kogia breviceps

Sperm Whale, Physeter macrocephalu

Beluga Whale, (V) Delphinapterus leucas

Narwhal, (V) Monodon monoceros

Harbour Porpoise, Phocoena phocoena

White-beaked Dolphin, Lagenorhyncus albirostris

White-sided Dolphin, Lagenorhyncus acutus

Risso’s Dolphin, Grampus griseus

Bottle-nosed Dolphin, Tursiops truncatus

Striped Dolphin,  Stenella coeruleoalba

Common Dolphin, Delphinus delphis

False Killer Whale, Pseudorca crassidens

Killer Whale, Orcinus orca

Long-finned Pilot Whale, Globicephala melas

Below: Historical photos taken by Colin around the world.

Conservation photos. warning these are graphic and upsetting images.
They are images that reflect examples of the work I undertook to document the scale of direct hunting and trade practices.
Viewer discretion is advised, especially for younger viewers