Minkie whales spotted off Bempton

Minkie whale off Bempton

Minkie whale off Bempton

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A flurry of sightings of minke whales suggests the Yorkshire coast could be in for a great year for these marine mammals according to the county’s leading ‘nature tourism’ project.

With sightings of minkes stretching from Cleveland as far south as Bempton Cliffs, staff at the Yorkshire Nature Triangle project say wildlife watchers could be in for a bumper season.

Although one of the world’s smallest whales, minkes can still reach up to 30ft in length – around the same as a bus – and top more than five tonnes in weight.

Other sightings have included harbour porpoises and a pod of 20 white-beaked dolphins.