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Want to see dolphins? Cornwall's the place...

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 10, 2012

A harbour porpoise breaches off the Cornish coast, demonstrating the importance of the county's headlands for cetacean spotting

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Two locations on the Cornish coastline have been named as among the best in the world for dolphin spotting by international whale conservation experts.

The group Planet Whale have named Lizard Point and Penzance in Cornwall as two of the top spots for sneaking a peak of the creatures in UK waters.

The Cornish coastline has been identified as one of the best places in the UK for spotting Common, Risso's and Bottlenose Dolphins, the Harbour Porpoise and the Basking Shark.

Bountiful sightings mean whale and dolphin enthusiasts don't need to travel overseas to see the mammals.

Dylan Walker, co-founder of Planet Whale and former marine mammal scientist, said: "There are plenty of fantastic dolphin spotting locations across the UK.

"Lizard Point and Penzance in Cornwall have often had confirmed sightings of several different species such as the Common and Risso's dolphins.

"Why travel thousands of miles abroad to see these beautiful creature when you can find them on your doorstep?

"Spotters in the area should look out for the unique all white body of the Risso's dolphin with its contrasting black fin, and the crisscross cream and yellow patterning on the flanks of the Common dolphin.

"The Harbour Porpoise can be identified by its centrally-placed dorsal fin which is small, low and triangular, whilst the Basking Shark is noted for swishing its tail when it swims at the surface.

"Increasing awareness of these amazing mammals in the UK is vital if we are to save them from the threats they still face across the globe today."

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