RECORD numbers of whales, dolphins and porpoises have been spotted during a week of monitoring from Portsmouth.
Conservation charity Orca has recorded almost 2,000 of the creatures during the OceanWatch survey week from commercial and naval vessels leaving Portsmouth and other UK ports.
Orca patron and BBC wildlife presenter Chris Packham said: ‘It’s a fantastic result and great to see so many organisations working together on such an important issue.
‘Orca will now be able to create an even more authoritative map, showing where these amazing creatures are living, and helping to protect them in the future.’
One of the major contributors to the survey was Brittany Ferries, which runs whale watching mini-cruises from Portsmouth to Spain.
Orca, which is based at Portsmouth International Port, will publish the full results of the survey online sp please visit the website at orcaweb.org.uk/get-involved/OceanWatch.