Great news, we have Britain’s only resident dolphin colony living off our local beach.
The first resident pod of bottlenose dolphins has been discovered off the south-west coast of England.
Experts used thousands of sightings and photos to identify a group of 28 individuals living year-round off the coasts of Cornwall, Devon and Dorset.
They were identified using their dorsal fins, which are as unique to dolphins as fingerprints are to humans.
Plymouth University researchers studied 3,843 records to identify 98 dolphins and among them the resident population.
The sightings, recorded between 2007 and 2016, established the group was present in shallow coastal waters, mainly off Cornwall and particularly near St Ives Bay and Mount’s Bay.