Posted by: orcaweb | May 23, 2011

Hello Everyone

The second week of my shift comes to a close and we have had an exciting time on board the Cap Finistere. Whale watching having to compete with a variety of conditions from choppy, wavy and misty to some of the flattest calmest seas I’ve encountered.

During the first couple of trips of the week we spotted pods of Common Dolphins as we approached Bilbao and some Bottlenose dolphins in the English Channel! My first sightings in the channel itself but not the last I’m sure.

After a relatively quiet couple of weeks I was looking forward to my voyage intoSantander. With both the inward and outward bound journeys crossing some great whale and dolphin spotting territory in daylight I was confident of some great sightings. In the morning they came as pods of Common Dolphins playfully investigated the ship. In the afternoon they came as a distant beaked whale leapt out of the sea breaching spectacularly, although a little too far away to fully identify. The evening? Well just to see out the final full day of my shift we had about an hour during which  pods of Dolphins were coming in to the ship every 5 to 10 minutes as the sun went down. Not a bad way to end a week.

So once again I bid good luck to Mike and to all who are travelling on the Cap Finistere. Keep your eyes open you never know what you might see!

Nathan

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