STAR OF THE SEA LONE DOLPHIN RETURNS TO CORNWALL
PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 March 2015 | UPDATED: 13:04 30 August 2017
Clet is a solitary male bottlenose dolphin, easily recognised by the distinctive damage and scarring to his dorsal fin
Lone dolphin 'Clet' has made his return to Cornish waters and local wildlife experts are asking people to let them know when and where he is spotted.
Clet is a solitary male bottlenose dolphin, easily recognised by the distinctive damage and scarring to his dorsal fin. Originally named by local fishermen from Brittany in France, he used to follow fishing boats on the continent between 2008 and 2010. Since then he has travelled extensively around Cornwall, Devon, Wales and the West Coast of Ireland.
Last November he spent a few months in Scotland, before returning to the southwest via the Isle of Man in early January. A couple of weeks ago he was spotted at Portland Harbour in Dorset, and now he has returned to Falmouth.
Caz Waddell, Acting Marine Conservation Officer from Cornwall Wildlife Trust says bottlenose dolphins are quite a regular sight in Cornwall's coasts. 'Clet is somewhat unique; a bit of a lone ranger,' she adds. 'His travels throughout the UK and Europe are truly remarkable, and the best part is that the majority of his movements have been tracked simply by members of the public sending in photographs.'
Bottlenose dolphins tend to live together in groups, or pods, and are usually considered to be resident to a certain area. Long-distance international movements are unusual, but there are no signs that Clet is any the worse off for his adventures.
Have you seen Clet? Send in your marine wildlife sightings to Cornwall Wildlife Trust by phone to 01872 273939 or online at cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/marinesighting