Rare dolphin sighted in West waters
A rare striped dolphin has been spotted frolicking in the waters off Penlee Point in Plymouth.
The unusual visitor was seen playfully leaping out of the sea by the sail training organisation Morvargh Sailing Project.
It has since been positively identified – by its blue and white colouring on the flanks – by the marine research charity Sea Watch as a striped dolphin, one of very few live sightings in recent years.
Matt Barraud, director and skipper, said: "We had on board a group of a dozen 13-14-year-olds and they were just bowled over by the sight," he said. "The dolphins stayed with us for an hour or more, tail-slapping and jumping."
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Mr Barraud said the striped dolphin was in a group of three or four and was "a magnificent sight".
Sea Watch sightings officer Danielle Gibas said it was certainly a rare one: "Striped dolphins are more often seen in the Mediterranean with a population off the Atlantic seaboard of France and the Iberian Peninsula."