Dolphins have been spotted in the sea off Porthcawl .

These pictures were taken by Gordon Young and capture the moment the animals were seen earlier this week. Although dolphins are not a rare sight off the Welsh coast, they are more usually seen in Cardigan Bay and are seen less often off the south coast.

In 2017, a boat operator in Porthcawl who spotted dolphins said it was the first time in 20 years of owning the boat that she'd seen anything like it .

Gordon, 43, originally from Caerphilly , was in Wales earlier this week after travelling from Brighton, where he now lives.

"It was in the Porthcawl area," he said.

"I have surfed this area for years and I have never heard of seeing a dolphin or a porpoise. I've seen a seal but nothing like this before. It was lovely. They are beautiful mammals."

They were spotted in the area this week
Gordon said he's never seen anything like it in the area before

Gordon explained it was hard to say how many there were, but he thinks he spotted at least three of them.

He assumes they travel in groups of three to five.

"They were spotted over a couple of days," he added.

"They were basically just doing their thing. When we got there quite a few people said they had spotted them like us - it was wonderful. You could say it was a nice surprise."