WATCH: A pod of 20 dolphins spotted near the pier in Brighton Brighton News

A POD of 20 dolphins was spotted off the coast near the pier.

The bottlenose dolphin sightings took place near West Pier in Brighton around 5pm on Saturday May 14.

A Sussex Dolphin Project spokesperson said the area between the West Pier and Brighton Marina receives a high level of sightings each year.

“We think that’s probably because there are more eyes on the water in that area, rather than more dolphins in the particular area,” he said.

The spokesman said there had been several sightings of the pod, which was believed to be hunting.

“We believe the group was hunting in the area based on the information we received,” he added.

“The pod size of 20 is within our usual range, and sightings are now starting to become more consistent as we progress into the first month of the sighting season.

“The area between West Pier and Brighton Marina receives a high percentage of sightings each year, often quite close to shore.”

Earlier this month, four bottlenose dolphins were spotted about three to four miles offshore between Lancing and Shoreham.

A similar sized capsule was also spotted near Ferring.

‘The sighting involves a pod of bottlenose dolphins, which are the most frequently sighted species in Sussex waters,’ the spokesperson said at the time.

“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.

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: 2022-05-16 11:07:01

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