Dolphins at Berry Head

The highlight of every visit we make as a family to Devon is a morning on Berry Head, looking out to sea for dolphins.

Berry Head is a National Nature Reserve in South Devon. A short walk from the carpark ends on a headland with stunning views across the bay.

Sitting up on the headland we were all hoping to see some dolphins, or maybe a return of the Humpback whale that briefly appeared back in 2017.

It wasn’t long before a couple of porpoises swam through the deep water, a few 100 metres out, and as everyone either wandering past or walking their dogs headed towards the edge to watch more porpoises started to appear.

A knowledgeable gentleman told us that it was probably 2 families, we counted 8 individuals in total.

Just as the last porpoise was passing, a pod of 15 Common dolphins arrived heading straight towards the bottom of the headland before swinging around and heading back out to sea.

It was just amazing to be able to see both dolphins and porpoises from the land without binoculars.

The differences between dolphins and porpoises when watching from the coast or boat at a distance are, porpoises have a triangular dorsal fin whereas dolphins have a curved dorsal fin. Dolphins tend to have elongated beaks or faces, while porpoises have smaller beaks/faces.





Cardigan bay in Wales is another great place to see dolphins from the shore.

You can read more about them in my book.

Book cover

Get Your Boots On is now available from the publisher (The fastest way to get it) by clicking this link

Or you can ask for it in your local book shop or order online from Amazon UK

About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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2 Responses to Dolphins at Berry Head

  1. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Thanks for dropping by my blog. You have some great photographs and great to see you have a book too. Keep up the good work.

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