South West Wales

Dolphin 'superpod' sighting off Pembrokeshire

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Media captionThe pods filmed by Sea Trust consisted of mothers with calves and juveniles

A "superpod" of dolphins thought to number over 1,000 has been filmed off Pembrokeshire coast.

Sea Trust volunteers say it is the "most spectacular" sighting in 10 years of surveying the Welsh waters although three other "superpods" have been spotted previously.

The dolphins were seen on a 30-mile (48km) stretch between Milford Haven and Lundy in the Bristol Channel.

"Pod after pod kept coming," said a conservation group spokesperson.

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Image caption The survey boat, the Cartlett Lady, was surrounded by dolphins for about three hours

"Our conservative estimate was 1,000-plus animals but it was probably twice that as it was almost impossible to keep track of them.

"On three occasions we have encountered superpods of common dolphin in Pembrokeshire waters but this was the most spectacular with wall-to-wall dolphins."

The pods consisted of maternal groups made up of mothers with calves and juveniles.

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Image caption The sighting was made during a routine survey at the weekend

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