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  1. Marine experts say that groups of fin whales are now returning to Welsh waters on an annual basis. The fin whale is the second largest living animal (growing up to 27 metres in length) after the blue whale and is an endangered species. Research by the Sea Trust indicates that pods of fin...

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  2. The biggest ever whale sculpted from Welsh sand took form yesterday at Goodwick Parrog in Fishguard Harbour. The first day of the half term holiday saw over 50 Sea Trust volunteers turn out to create the 25 metre long replica of Moby Dick in just under five hours. The whale building exercise ...

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  3. Cliff Benson from the Sea Trust has been in touch about a recent spate of whale and dolphin encounters off the Welsh coast: "With two reports of minke whales seen in the Bristol Channel this month as well as hundreds of common dolphins off Pembrokeshire - it's safe to say, the whale & dolphin watching season is already off to a spectacular start". "June seems to be a particularly good month for seeing minke whales in our waters". "A recent survey by the Gower Marine Mammal Group just off the South Pembrokeshire Coast produced a feeding frenzy with at least two minke whales and one larger whale - probably a fin whale". "Risso's dolphins as well as hundreds of common dolphins were also recorded. Another minke whale was seen yesterday by charter vessel 'Jessica Hettie', off Lundy Island". A common dolphin off Ramsey Island taken by Richard Crossen on 6 June, 2010: "People are often surprised to hear of whales in our waters but with this beautiful weather and calm seas - we're hoping for a bumper season of sightings". "It seems that from our records, minke whales start arriving in our waters about now (June), following the mackerel shoals". "They also seem to be breeding here as can be seen from Adrian Shepherds picture taken on one of our recent surveys": "Last August we were surrounded by huge fin whales so you never really know what's going to be out there". Find out more about whales and dolphin sightings off the Welsh coast by following the Whales in Wales blog. We've had some lovely photos of dolphins submitted to our Flickr group so take a look if you have a spare minute. As usual - you can submit pics to our Flickr group or e-mail them to us at wales.nature@bbc.co.uk. Gull

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  4. Not Wales nature related as sadly we don't see them off our coastline but interesting nevertheless. Sad to see such a magnificent creature killed by a ship but it does give scientists a unique opportunity to study it. This individual is thought to weigh more than 50 tons! http://www.wildlifeextra.com

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  5. Yet another whale has been washed up dead on a Welsh beach this year. On the plus side we've also had sightings of killer and fin whales off the Pembrokeshire coast as well various pods and super pods of both common and risso's dolphins. At the start of September a dead minke whale washed up at the Knap in Barry. This time however it's a northern bottle nose whale at Talacre in Flintshire, a beach better known for it's population of rare natterjack toads than whales. Another northern bottle nose whale was washed up in Bournemouth a few weeks ago... More on this story from BBC Local Gull Northern bottlenose whale images on www.arkive.org

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  6. A 33 ft long, Minke whale has been found washed up on the rocks at the Knap in Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan today.

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