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Wanted: Sharp-eyed spotters to join Stacey on dolphin watch

Watching: Stacey McCarthy

Watching: Stacey McCarthy

Marine mammal lover Stacey McCarthy is looking for volunteers to take up dolphin and whale watching along the Lancashire coast.

The newly appointed regional co-ordinator for the Sea Watch Foundation collates sightings for an area stretching from the Dee Estuary to Morecambe Bay for inclusion on a national database.

Stacey, from Thornton Cleveleys, is a key contact for anyone who sees porpoises, dolphins or whales in the area.

And she is on the look-out for some added help, in the form of more volunteer observers with a few hours to spare every week to go out watching for dolphins and whales from beaches and cliffs.

This year photographic evidence confirmed that the area’s coastal waters are being used by bottlenose dolphins known to have used Cardigan Bay off West Wales. And the numbers of porpoises seen have been rising.

Stacey says she was hooked on dolphins from the age of six after spotting a wild bottlenose dolphin in Spain on a family holiday.

She organised volunteers for the National Whale and Dolphin Watch 2013 in Blackpool and is already planning her watches for 2014. She has inspired student volunteers from the Blackpool and the Fylde College and Blackpool Sixth Form College, to get involved, but is looking for other volunteers. If you can help email staceymac20@yahoo.co.uk or Twitter: @StaceyMac20

 

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