An Essex sailor has spotted a porpoise off north Essex.
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."
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PHOTO: Mother and calf taken in 2017 – CREDIT: Colm O Laoi