WATCH: Four bottlenose dolphins spotted off the Sussex coast Brighton News

FOUR bottlenose dolphins have been spotted off the coast in two separate sightings.

The dolphin sighting occurred about three to four miles offshore between Lancing and Shoreham on May 2.

A Sussex Dolphin Project spokesperson said the dolphins were first spotted around 11.30am and tracked for around 20 minutes.

Later the same day, a similar sized capsule was spotted near Ferring.

“The sighting involves a pod of bottlenose dolphins, which are the most frequently sighted species in Sussex waters,” the Sussex Dolphin Project spokesperson said.

“They have been seen at all times of the year, but we are seeing an increase in sightings in spring and summer.

The spokesperson also said the two sightings could be linked.

The Sussex Dolphin Project viewing season runs from May to September.

“It’s not uncommon to see dolphins in May, and we expect sightings to increase over the coming months,” the spokesperson added.

“The pod size is also within our usual range, which is usually two to 15 individuals, but again we have received sightings of pods with many more individuals, and we also have sightings of solitary dolphins. .”

In March, a pair of bottlenose dolphins were spotted about 500 meters west of Brighton Marina.

The previous month, a male common dolphin was spotted on Hove Beach – just weeks after the fin of a great white shark was reportedly spotted meters off shore.

However, a Littlehampton Harbor spokesperson said the fin sighting was likely the end of a pipe from Ferring Outfall.

During the summer, the Sussex Dolphin Project may receive several sightings per day, especially if a group is moving close to shore.

Last summer, dolphins, seals and even a whale were spotted off the county’s coast.

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This notice was published: 2022-05-10 10:19:14

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