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White beaked dolphins spotted off the coast of Dungeness

Several dolphins have been spotted in the waters off the coast of Kent.

The White-beaked dolphins were seen swimming and playing in the English Channel, around four miles off the coast of Dungeness earlier today.

A video of the group of six- which is known as a 'pod'- was shared by Dungeness Estate manager Owen Leyshon.

In the video, the playful swimmers can be seen jumping and diving in front of the boat.

It is not unusual to see dolphins in the area, as Mr Leyshon said: "April/May is peak time for this species and other dolphin species in this part of the English Channel"

One persistent porpoise gained a following in the area- and on KentOnline- more than 10 years ago.

The affectionately named Dave the Dolphin was first spotted off the coast of Folkestone and Hythe in April 2006.

Some swimmers encounter Dave the Dolphin in 2007. Picture: Gary Browne
Some swimmers encounter Dave the Dolphin in 2007. Picture: Gary Browne

Dave, who was named before before an expert revealed she was a girl, became so popular that police had to warn people to stay away from her.

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