Porpoise and calf in Essex

BREAKING: More porpoises off Essex coast

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More porpoises have been seen off the north Essex coast.

Peter James saw two around the Blackwater on Thursday while sailing aboard Abracadabra with skipper Jan Bek.

Mr James wrote in an email to Wild Essex: "I thought you’d be interested in our sighting of a pair of porpoises yesterday.

"We were sailing up from Burnham to Bradwell via the Ray Sand channel and saw them a few miles off of Brightlingsea as we approached The Blackwater.

"They were around 4-5 feet long and swimming close together. They made the classic porpoise breach a few times then swam past us out towards the sea. Sorry no photos as I was just enjoying the moment!"

Peter also reported seeing a number of seals over the last few days.

"Some large individuals resting head up and some fishing," he said. 

"I hope this is useful for your research. Please let me know if there is anything else that would be useful. For example water is very warm. We measured 23C offshore." 

Thank you, Peter, and everyone else contacting us with wild sightings from around the coast.

Another Essex sailor spotted a porpoise off north Essex a few days ago.

Mike Davies reported the sighting on Saturday July 21.

He said: "I was sailing from Lawling Creek back to Brightlingsea today and a porpoise surfaced 2ft from my yacht.

"This was at 11am, about two miles East of Bradwell Power Station in the River Blackwater.

"Unfortunately it was too quick to photograph."

Porpoises are known to come in to shallow Essex waters in summer after giving birth to their calves. They were once a common sight around these shores.

Mr Davies added: "My family lived at East Mersea just after the war and we would see schools of porpoises in the River Colne and Blackwater – they are a rare sight today."

If you see a dolphin, porpoise, whale or anything else interesting email Stephen on news@wildessex.com

PHOTO: Mother and calf taken in 2017 – CREDIT: Colm O Laoi