BOTTLENOSE dolphins have been spotted off the North Yorkshire coast in the last week.

Visitors, volunteers and staff at RSPB Bempton Cliffs near Filey were treated to an amazing display from the pod of travelling bottlenose dolphins.

Estimates suggest there were around 25 adults moving southerly towards Flamborough, just 50 metres from the cliff.

The dolphins were seen ‘breaching’ the waves and a young calf was clearly visible.

Dolphins can swim at a top speed of around 18mph – which would give an Olympic swimmer a run for their money – but the ones spotted from the cliff tops were happy to stop and play, giving photographers the chance to capture some great images.

Site manager, Dave O’Hara said: "In all probability, it’s the search for food that brings them our way.

"Bottlenose dolphins enjoy a varied diet including cod, herring, sandeels and haddock – and the North Sea is one great big larder for them. Maintaining this food source is one reason why protecting our oceans is so vital."