Local university groups SU MarineWatch and The Beach Clean Project joined us yesterday for a combined plastic trawl and wildlife cruise and we were delighted to have Beach Guardian’s Emily on board with us again. Sadly, but unsurprisingly, micro and nanoplastics were found in every single trawl we completed, in various locations. A large amount of plankton was also recorded but these samples will hopefully go back to the lab for further analysis. It just goes to show that no matter how clear and spotless the water looks and however far offshore we go, plastic particles have found their way into pretty much every square inch of our oceans. On a more positive note though, we had the most incredible interactions and became covered up with close to 300 common dolphins from over a dozen different groups. Several great northern divers were also spotted as well as kittiwakes, Mediterranean gulls and auks.
+-275 Common Dolphins, multiple interactions, 4 Great Northern Divers, Mediterranean Gulls, Kittiwakes, 100s of Gannets, large work up offshore, Guillemots and Razorbills, 1 Manx Shearwater, single bird offshore, very late bird