Posted by: orcaweb | April 9, 2014

Acrobatic Striped dolphins put on a show!

 Greetings from on board the Cap Finisteré! Officers Amy and Katy are manning the decks this fortnight and what a whirlwind it’s been already, and I’m not just talking about the gales up on deck.

Our fantastic view on Monday morning

Our fantastic view on Monday morning

Crossing from Portsmouth to Bilbao we were treated to a host of interesting sights, most notably the spooky Tévennec lighthouse, off the coast of Brittany. Although rather harmless at first glance, the little white building has a dark history involving disembodied screams being heard, guards going insane and one keeper’s wife being left stranded after the death of her husband for months until she could be rescued. The ‘screams’ can be explained by a sea cave, which makes eerie howls as the water rushes in and the pressure rises. Even the crew came to take photos of the lighthouse. Some dedicated passengers braved the elements for the entire afternoon, and we were rewarded with a glimpse of two dolphins which we suspect were bottlenoses. Lovely to see, and best of all the passengers saw them too.


We would like to offer Crispin Paine and Ani Colville our sincerest congratulations on their twenty fourth wedding anniversary, which they spent in style with us on deck and celebrated together with a glass of Champagne.


Before we knew it, we were docked at Bilbao. We welcomed the new passengers on board and Katy gave a presentation to inspire passengers to join us up on deck to spot wildlife. Before we’d even made it onto deck, passengers were approaching us with news of sightings, and as we stepped out onto deck 10 we saw what we think were Cuvier’s Beaked Whales and three common dolphins. We were inundated with sightings of oceanic sunfish, Common and Striped Dolphins and large pods of dolpins that were too far away to tell what they were. Passengers reported that they saw two large whales off the stern of the ship, from their description of the blows and the size we suspect they were fin whales.

Oceanic Sunfish (Mola mola)

Oceanic Sunfish (Mola mola)

Common Dolphins (Delphinus Delphis

Common Dolphins (Delphinus Delphis)

A successful crossing on all accounts, hopefully more and more will be seen as the season continues!

Amy and Katy


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