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Wildlife in Cornwall
Have you seen a Dolphin ?
The Bottlenose dolphin has been the most extensively studied dolphin in the world it is found in all waters of the world apart from the polar regions, there are two varieties a coastal and offshore type. A group of dolphins appeared on Cornish coasts in 1991 and were regularly sighted by the Cornish Wildlife Trust headed by Dr Nick Tregenza, the range of the new group was thought to cover over 300km (180 miles).
In August 1993 the Cornish Dolphin Project was set up by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society to study the dolphins in detail. Using land based observations and photography from a small boat it was possible to start to identify individual dolphins. However, because the dolphins were covering such a large area it was impossible to keep track of them without help and this was done through publicity and the work of the County Council's Countryside Services. People were asked to telephone and report sightings of dolphins giving the date, time, place, number of animals and their direction. The researchers were then able to try and find the group going out on the cliffs, launching their boat or sometimes even going out in a kayak to get close enough for recognition purposes.
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