Citizen Fins

Exploring the range expansion of east coast bottlenose dolphins

Welcome to Citizen Fins! This project combines research and citizen science photo-identification data of bottlenose dolphins, to help understand how the pattern of movements of bottlenose dolphins along the east coast of Scotland and into NE England is changing.

Knowing about dolphin movements assists population monitoring and evaluation of the potential impacts of offshore developments on these animals along the east coasts of Scotland and England.

Click below to learn more about the project and how you can contribute. You can download our leaflet here.

If you have any questions, you can contact us at

Our colleagues at Sea Watch Foundation will be running their National Whale and Dolphin Watch on July 24th – August 1st 2021. If you have sightings of bottlenose dolphins or other cetacean species during that time you can contribute to NWDW here, which will help build a “snapshot” view of the distribution of the many cetaceans in UK coastal waters.