Flamborough in UK top 10 for whale spotting

Flamborough Head.
Flamborough Head.

FLAMBOROUGH Head has been named as one of the top ten sites in the UK for whale watching.

The Yorkshire coastline has been identified as one of the best places in the UK for spotting the Northern Minke Whale and Harbour Porpoise, with Flamborough Head being among the best locations.

The top spots have been chosen by worldwide whale conservation specialists Planet Whale, with other top 10 locations including Durlston Country Park in Dorset, St Catherine’s Breakwater in Jersey, Cardigan Bay in Wales and Ardnamurchan Point in Scotland.

Co-founder of WhaleFest and Planet Whale, Dylan Walker, said: “There are plenty of fantastic whale spotting locations across the UK.

“Flamborough Head in Yorkshire has often had confirmed sightings of the Northern Minke Whale.

“Why travel thousands of miles abroad to see these beautiful creatures when you can find them on your doorstep!

“Watchers in the area should look out for the small, curved dorsal fin of the Northern Minke Whale and the Harbour Porpoise’s distinctive dorsal fin which is small, low and triangular.

“Increasing awareness of these amazing mammals in the UK is vital if we are to save them from the threats they still face across the globe today.

“This is why we are launching a new campaign to save the whales later this month,” added Mr Walker who is a former marine mammal scientist and renowned expert on whales and dolphins.

Planet Whale will launch its ‘Save the Whales: Reloaded campaign’ at the World Whale and Dolphin Watch Operators Conference taking place at the Hilton Brighton Metropole later this month.

The event will bring together hundreds of conservationists, divers, tour operators and whale and dolphin experts from across the globe to agree a new worldwide campaign to highlight the dangers whales are facing.

“Whilst whaling is much reduced, these beautiful creatures are losing ground to a whole plethora of destructive issues, including over-fishing and drowning in nets, pollution, habitat destruction and climate change.

“Worldwide a thousand whales and dolphins die every day from man-made threats in our oceans,” Mr Walker added.