June 1 2016

Meet Clet, the Travelling Bottlenose Dolphin

Nick Davies
Clet bow-riding the MV Isle of Arran Ferry
Hi All

This is the story of a very busy, solitary bottlenose dolphin.

He’s a famous dolphin now and has been photographed bow-riding HUGE  ferries in Scotland, following tiny dingy’s in Dorset, meeting up with mates in Ireland, chasing fast boats in Cornwall, and goodness knows what else!!! It’s good to know he’s still on his travels!

People have been able to spot him easily around the UK, because of his cool dorsal fin – it has a huge chunk taken out of it.

He arrived into our Cornish waters in 2014, and explored the area from as far as Portland, in Dorset, up to the Scottish Highlands!! What a traveler he is!

Clet was named ‘Nick’ by people in the Isles of Scilly off Cornwall, after he first appeared in the Tresco Channel (between the islands of Tresco and Bryher) in 2014. Many people thought ‘Nick’ was first spotted on the mainland before following a lifeboat back to the Isles of Scilly, after spending three weeks in Newlyn Harbour, Cornwall. But, they found out later that the same bottlenose dolphin had previously been seen in France, where he was spotted following fishing boats along the Brittany coast in 2008, and had already been given the name ‘Clet’.Sea Watch have put together a REALLY cool map to show where and how far Clet has travelled, and loads of folk have helped by sending in their sightings of him and photos – so the map is really interactive to!!!
I went on holiday to Cornwall in the half-term, and people down there are still talking about the time that Clet visited them. One day he even decided to swim down the river in Fowey, to say hi to all the people who live there! What a friendly dolphin.
To see the map and more cool photos click here!

Kirsten Hintner Copyright 2016. All rights reserved.

Posted 1st June 2016 by Kirsten Hintner in category "Uncategorized

About the Author

Written by Kirsten Hintner, The Magic Dolphin was also the brain child of renowned scientist Dr Peter Evans, well known for his award winning work within cetacean conservation and research charity Sea Watch Foundation. This fun yet educational blog is a continuation of the children's book, written through the eyes of Lucy Hensure, the main human character. Kirsten Hintner has had a varied career as writer, filmmaker and producer, working for many and varied bodies including the BBC, Anglia TV, The Open University, PETA, British Red Cross, Banardos to name just a few. She runs her own company Kirsten Hintner Productions. Kirsten has several years experience working with children and young adults on filming projects and various educational enterprises. In 2010, she ran a series of environmental filming workshops for schools in Pembrokeshire, the two film products winning first and second prizes in their respective categories at a National Schools Media Awards Ceremony in 2011. She is the Creative Administrator of Sea Watch’s Adopt A Dolphin scheme, and is also Editor of its newsletters. She has had a passion for conservation and the welfare of animals and wildlife since a very young child, and her aim is to make a difference within the world of conservation and welfare, and to help protect animals and threatened species internationally.

Love Kirsten x

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