In Summer, you stand a great chance of seeing cetaceans in the UK. Now let's start of with something as simple as dolphins, shall we?


Cardigan Bay, Wales is well known for its pod of 130 bottlenoses.

The Striped Dolphin can be found to the South/West of Britain and Ireland.

White Beaked Dolphins can be seen from the West coast of Ireland to the northern North Sea.


Only one species of porpoise has been recorded within the waters of Britain. The common porpoise is in Britain and Ireland and is ocassionally in the British Channel.

Baleen Whales

Fin and Minke Whales can be seen from the Shetland Isles to Southern Ireland. Pembrokshire ocassionally has sightings of Fin Whales. Only one recording has been said for a sighting of a blue whale, from the west coast of Ireland.

Toothed Whales

Sperm whales can be seen from the west coasts of Ireland and Scotland.

Pilot Whales

The Long finned Pilot Whale can be seen from Scotland.

Killer Whales/Orca

This is not a whale; but the largest dolphin. (sorry, aquariums with them) Wild ones can be seen from Scotland to the Shetland Isles.

There's no capative whales and dolphins in the UK, and Risso's Dolphins and others can be seen wild, so here you go. Happy Whale Watching!