Posted by: orcaweb | September 16, 2010

Sperm whale?

After having a force 7 gale in the English Channel, it was great to wake up to calm seas in the Bay. The morning was looking to be relatively uneventful, until I spotted several blows and a very large brown shape in the water ahead of the bow. I could have sworn that some of the blows were at a 45 degree angle! Getting excited that we might be in line for a great view of some sperm whales, I kept my bins trained on the animals as they approached. Once they were close enough to get a proper look at them, I quickly realised that the large brown object was actually five Cuvier’s beaked whales, closely bunched together. The blows now behaving themselves and shooting straight up! That as they say, was it for the morning crossing.

On the way back in the afternoon, we saw three Northern bottlenose whales at around 4pm, two fin whales between 6pm and 7pm and a pod of stripped dolphins leaping out of the water just as the sun was setting. Just as I was about to retire for the evening, a lone fin whale was just visible, blowing in the moonlight. It’s a hard life, but someone has to do it!

Richard – Wildlife Officer

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