Humpback and minke whales seen off Welsh coast

Two species of whales more usually found in Atlantic waters have been spotted off the Welsh coast. Scientists from the Sea Watch Foundation conservation charity have recorded a pair of large humpback whales in the middle of the Celtic Deep between Pembrokeshire and Ireland, and a minke whale close inshore at Llangrannog, Cardigan bay.

Scientific director of Sea Watch, Dr Peter Evans, said: ‘Humpback sightings are always unusual in British waters. In a typical year, no more than 12 of them are recorded.’ It is thought that fishing restrictions – leading to higher stocks of herring and mackerel, important food sources for whales – and the warm weather could explain the sightings.