Posted by: orcaweb | July 16, 2009

14th July 2009 BLOG UPDATE: Whales, Quails and Birthday Wishes

What’s the best present you could give someone fascinated with whales and dolphins? Whales and dolphins of course!! What could be better than spending your birthday watching these amazing mammals, well for this Wildlife Officer this is exactly where she found herself on her big day. Of course that is because I work on the Pont Aven travelling through one of the best whale watching areas in Europe but there were plenty of passengers on deck to share the magic with me.

Birthday presents arrived that morning in the form of common dolphins, striped dolphins, fin whales and unusually a rather tired Quail. This beautiful little game bird, often heard but very rarely seen, are known to migrate from south of the Sahara north to breed in Northern Africa, they then continue north to breed again in northern Europe up to Scandinavia but also in Britain, after which they fly all the way south again! No wonder this little bird was so knackered! After being rescued from the Helideck it was soon back on its way again.

A rather tired looking quail had a break and was soon on its way again

A rather tired looking quail had a break and was soon on its way again

The afternoon brought the best present of all with two breaching Cuvier’s Beaked Whales being the highlight of the day! An absolutely awesome sight that left all of us, even those who have sailed across the Bay numerous times, grinning with absolute delight!

Two Cuvier's Beaked Whales breaching just off the ship! The best birthday present of the day!

Two Cuvier's Beaked Whales breaching just off the ship! The best birthday present of the day!

Thank you to everyone onboard to make my day extra special, for all your birthday wishes and for sharing with me the best encounter with the enigmatic cuvier’s beaked whale I have ever had!

Rachael

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  1. I was on the ship that day and could perfectly see the cuviers. It was the most amazing experience I have ever had.
    Thank you for your job and for trying to protect marine life the way you do!
    Best Regards,
    Edi Miranda


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