Posted by: orcaweb | August 26, 2010

Windy

The weather in the English Channel has not been conducive to cetacean watching. Gusting up to force 7 at times, the only things that I was watching were the yachts trying to get across from France to England. Most of them were only using a jib, and still they were listing heavily. One particular yacht was having such a bad time of it, that the Bridge crew had a person permanently watching it with their binoculars in case a wave finally capsized it! Luckily, as we approached the Atlantic, the winds abated, leaving us with better hopes for the next day.

The sun rise at 6am illuminated a calm sea and clear skies. The whales, obviously knowing that I was on board, decided to mock me; three times I saw a brief splash out of the corner of my eye, but was not rewarded with a sighting. Finally at 9am our patients paid off and we were rewarded with two large rorquals blowing approximately 4 miles off the starboard side. That distant sight was alas all we saw on the way in to Santander.

The return leg began with a bang when at 15:30 we saw a series of massive splashes way off to the horizon. We are talking fin or sperm whale size stuff here. At 16:00, four cuvier’s beaked whales cruised past the boat, affording some great views of them. Time passed by with no more activity until at 19:00 we had another sighting of a large rarqual, again a long way off and only visible by its humongous blow. A notable absence, were my lovely common dolphins – not one was seen either going out or returning.

Richard – Wildlife Officer

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  1. JUST READ YOUR BLOG WE ARE TRAVELLING TO SANTANDER FRIDAY 17TH SEP RETURN MON 4TH OCT HOPE WE WILL BE LUCKY TO GET SIGHTINGS ON ONE TRIP!


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