Spotters on the look out for dolphins

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Animal lovers will be hoping to spot whales and dolphins off the Arbroath cliffs as part of a national drive to find out more about the species in the UK.

Pods of whales, dolphins and porpoises have been seen off the local coastline and from Sunday, Sea Watch observer Deny Kennedy will be on the look out for them.

And local people are being invited to join in with the Sea Watch task to see just how big the whale and dolphin population is off the east coast of Scotland.

The first two watches will be held at Arbroath cliffs from Three Storey Hoose on Sunday and Wednesday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The next two session will take place on Friday, August 2 and Sunday, August 4 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Elliot Links Tanks Trap.

The watches are free for anyone to join. Deny will be explaining to all who come along how to tell apart the species they might see from killer and minke whales, porpoises, and dolphins and how to collect watch data.

The results of his watch will then be collated with other watch data from around the country by the marine research and conservation charity Sea Watch to create a picture of the dolphin and whale species in our seas this summer.