AMAAAZING day for cetaceans yesterday. We recorded FOUR different species in one trip which is a first in a long, long time, and had a total of SIX minke whale sightings during the day! These included some really close up encounters and as one particular whale surfaced, you could smell the stench of its blow (and see how they earned the nickname ‘stinky minke’!). We were delighted to record our first bottlenose dolphins for the year. These were an offshore group and you could notice how much larger they are than the commons. Harbour porpoises were spotted feeding beneath gannets in multiple areas and three species of shearwater were seen – Manx, Balearic and sooty, another first for 2019!
6 Minke Whales, four sighted in one trip, mixture of sizes, 3 feeding in one area, 8 Bottlenose Dolphins, offshore group, first sighting for 2019, 9 Common Dolphins, fast travellers, 68 Harbour Porpoises, multiple feeding groups, often associated with gannets, Atlantic Grey Seals, 4 Storm Petrels, 3 Sooty Shearwaters, first for 2019, 1 Balearic Shearwater, Manx Shearwaters, Gannets, lots hunting in large work ups, Mediterranean Gulls, adults and juveniles, Kittiwakes, Fulmars