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  Survey reveals sea mammal numbers
Updated 14 April 2004, 16.00
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A massive survey has found out there are around 3,000 dolphins and whales living off the UK coast.

The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) spotted the mammals after spending three months at sea on a mission to count them.

They used special equipment to listen out for dolphins underwater, plus the traditional method of using binoculars.

It's hoped the study will teach us more about the creatures' living patterns and help us protect them in the future.

Dead dolphins

Dead dolphin in a net
Dead dolphin in a net
The survey also recorded which direction the mammals were swimming in, so we can learn more about where they swim.

Unfortunately the team also saw some dead dolphins too.

Environmentalists reckon that each year thousands die in our seas, many after being caught up in fishing nets.

But because until now no-one knew how many there are, it was difficult to know how these deaths are affecting their numbers.

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