Recording Marine Life


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Records of Phocoena phocoena

Number seen/Abundance Date Location Comments Recorded by
4 2004-01-21
Barnpool Plymouth Sound.
At least 4 seen feeding on Mackerel in Barnpool- Bridges area Paul Bradshaw
1 2002-07-18 Millisle
Off Millisle, Co. Down
Small porpoise, difficult to see in rough seas. Gary Burrows
1 2002-07-20
Off Islandmagee, Co. Antrim.
Small porpoise swiming alone. Gary Burrows
2 2001-07-08
1ml. S. of Bach Island in Firth of Lorne
breaking surface every 20secs (approx.) swimming south Andy Law
5 2002-07-13
Abersoch bay/St Tudwals Islands
Every day at 10.00 and 16.00 Paul Fish
1 2002-07-16
Carlingford Lough, close to marina.
1 Small porpoise. Depth 4.1 metres, water temperature 15.5 C. Gary Burrows
2 2002-08-10
Off Creag Island, Lismore, West coats of Scotland
Skipper of boat saw two harbour porpoise Skipper Fishing vessel
3 2002-07-17
Off St. John's Point, Ardglass, Co. Down.
3 Harbour Porpoise. Depth 22.7m and 13.7 C water temperature. Gary Burrows
1 2001-08-19
Approaching Lundy from the east
No information entered Keith Hiscock
2 2002-08-05
Off Porthminster beach St Ives Bay
David Stamp
2 2002-07-15
Approx 12-15 miles off east coast Ireland (Howth Head)
1 adult and 1 small calf. Depth 21.5metres and water temperature of 15.3 C. Gary Burrows
2 2001-08-30
1 mile south of Eyemouth, Berwickshire
several sightings of 2 porpoises swimming near boats at dusk Sarah Stark
11 2004-07-07 Lleyn Peninsula
Between Porth Widlin and Maenmellt. Lleyn Peninsula, N. Wales.
groups of three, breaking surface, 2 adults with juvenile mulling about / feeding Pete Wilkinson
P 2004-07-08 Ogmore-by-Sea
Ogmore-by-Sea approximately 15 metres offshore loacated approximately 60 metres (easterly) beyond main beach access path (lower left hand corner of field).
Swimming in a westerly direction stopped at one point to swim in a circular motion. Stephen Furley
1 2004-08-13 Swansea Bay
Entering into the further reaches of Swansea Bay toward the port of Neath
Observed swimming while being passed by boat Stephen Furley
2 2004-08-13 Swansea Bay
Approaching Swansea Bay from Mid Bristol Channel travelling from Ilfracombe - port of Neath
Approx. 14.00hrs. Observed swimming while being passed by boat Stephen Furley
1 2002-06-25 Old Wall
0.4 nautical miles NNE "Old Wall" (1 nautical mile SSE St. Anthony Light House), Falmouth Bay.
1sr seen 50 m ahead swimming in circle, dived out of sight and must have passed under boat. Next seen 100m astern, again swimming in a circle. Seemed to be moving NE. David Beckinsale
1 2002-07-14
Approx 15 miles off Howth Head, Dublin. Sea state 1. Depth 56.4 metres and water temperature of 13.2
A small harbour porpoise swimming slowly. Water depth 82.8m, water temperature 13.5 C. Gary Burrows
5 2002-07-09 Ramore Head
East of Ramore Head, Portrush, Co. Antrim.
10-11 AM, approx 1 hour before low tide. Calm seas, sunny day. 1 group of three adults and 1 group comprising a female and calf, swimming slowly. Frequently changing direction and diving out of sight every few minutes. Gary Burrows
5 2001-07-02 Plymouth Sound
Seen from Val de Loire ferry (travelling to Santander), within hour of leaving Plymouth ferryport.
Seen from Val de Loire ferry (travelling to Santander), within hour of leaving Plymouth ferryport. Ken and Maureen Newton
2 2001-07-08 Bach Island
1ml. S. of Bach Island in Firth of Lorne
breaking surface every 20secs (approx.) swimming south Andy Law
5 2002-07-13 Abersoch bay
Abersoch bay/St Tudwals Islands
Every day at 10.00 and 16.00 Paul Fish
2 2002-08-10
Off Creag Island, Lismore, West coats of Scotland
Skipper of boat saw two harbour porpoise Skipper Fishing vessel
4 2001-05-05 Bigbury on sea
Bigbury on sea, close in to Burgh island, South Devon.
Small group came in close to shore accompanied by gulls. A lot of activity for five minutes and then headed out to sea. Samuel Parr
6 approx 2002-07
Blue Pool, Porthrush, east of Ramore Head
Resident pod seen regularly, Portrush area (?) Deirdre Walsh
5 2002-03-00 Groomsport Bay
Groomsport Bay, Belfast Lough.
2 large animals and 3 smaller ones near shoals of herring Eric Brown
P 2001-08-10 Helston
By Helston special mark in Falmouth Bay. (13.10 hrs)
Briefly spotted 2 or 3 swiming N by E at around 4kt. Distance from boat around 75m David Beckinsale
3 2004-09-10 Ogmore by Sea
Approx. 50 m offshore in front of my home at Craig-yr-Eos Road
Slowly swimming easterly towards Southerdown Stephen Furley
P 2004-08-28 Marden rocks
Marden rocks, Alnmouth. About 300m off shore
Most days about 3/4 to 1.5 miles off between Alnmouth and coquet Island. Usually appears to be one adult with either one or two juveniles. Always swimming leisurely north or south surfacing regularly every 10 to 15 secs Michael Bould
P 2005-04-01 Foyle
In the river Foyle approxamately 500 metres from the Foyle bridge, heading up the river in the opposite direction of the sea. then twice again the following day but this time closer to the Foyle Bridge.
Not sure if one or a group seen in the middle of the river, it was a very calm day Frankie Quigley
>6 2005-10-23
English channel, making way from Dartmouth to Jersey.
Open ocean @ BST 06:30 hrs heading East. Sonia Rowley
3 2005-08-27
Approximately 1/2 mile into Swansea Bay/Neath Rivermouth/Port of Neath.
Observed swimming while being passed by a boat. Stephen Furley
2 2006-09-25
Loch Long near to Ardentinny
Seen near to the beach at Ardentinny FRANCES WILSON
1 2007-01-10
Low intertidal zone on Ferring Beach in line with the footpath from Ocean Drive.
Washed up dead and badly decomposed. Dee Christensen
1 adult, 1 juvenile 2007-08-01 Witches Point
Witches Point near Southerndown
approx 40m offshore travelling easterly Dave Boyce
Two 2008-08-14
In the mouth of Widewall Bay. (Pentland Firth/ Scapa Flow)
Used to see groups of five to eight here every year, this is the first pair this year! Richard Ian Thompson
10 2009-07-03 Bull Bay, Anglesey
Seen from the coastal path
Seen from the coastal path along the cliffs Peter Smallwood
1 2009-07-07 Blakeney
long shingle and sandy beach
Had been dead for a few days. was washed up on in the high tide line. Tom Young
2 2009-12-12 Hilsea Point
About 0.5 km south of Hilsea Point
Two porpoises within c. 15m of boat. Clear but brief views. Identified by small size, blunt nose and small dorsal fin. Keith Hiscock
15 2010-01-14 Groomsport
Groomsport beach, North Down
Seen approx 50metres from shore of groomsport beach heading towards Bangor direction Aoife Tolerton
4-6 2009-06-13 Carrick Castle
On a mooring rope, in Carrick Bay
several porpoises as we went up the CLyde towards Carrick Castle Sarah Brown
4 2009-07-03 Tobermory
On passage from Tobermory to Droma Buidhe
Between tobermory and Drumbuie Sarah Brown
1 2009-08-07 Soay Sound
V1
swimming Sarah Brown
5 2010-07-13 Seas off Dartmouth, Devon, England
Coastal water 20m depth
Near tide line Val Brown
2 29/07/2011 Sea off North Devon between Clovelly and Hartland Quay
Sea up to about a mile offshore in North Devon.
Jay Nicholson
1 09/10/11 Highcliffe
Highcliffe coastline
Washed up dead juvenile on shoreline. Helen Keeling