Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Strumble Diary 11/12/18 : from Andrew Crowder

Andrew is an old friend  from Cardiff and contributor, to Sea Trusts work. Thanks for these observations Andrew!

Andrew Crowder

Tue, 11 Dec, 15:02 (19 hours ago)
to me
Hi Cliff,
Arrived at 1.00 pm to find a good number of porpoise spread out across the tide race, grouped mainly to the left or right ends. Some were reasonably close in so the sightings were really good. One pair towards the lighthouse were feeding on the inner edge of the race and when I first encountered they were diving in a precise way - coming clear of water, arching their back and entering the dive at a steep angle with a small tail slap just before it disappeared. They both did this 5-6 times before moving to a more normal, sedate surface/pattern. Beyond them, at the outer edge of the race, was a group of 8. Later this group moved in to where the original pair were feeding and, because they were closer, I could identify one as a more than half grown juvenile. On the right hand side was another pair feeding normally on the inner edge and another group of 6 on the outer edge. So a total count of 18 through the hours watch.
Also 2 RT Diver, 3 Common Scoter (1m, 2f), lots of auks with kittiwakes and gannets.

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Sunday, 9 December 2018

Team Sea Trust score on Saturday at Pen Anglas

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Published by Lloyd Nelmes
Windy survey at Pen Anglas today with Meirion John and Hannah Wiggins-Jeffries. Porpoise were showing all sorts of behaviours from tail slaps to full breaches. All photos taken and edited by Hannah and Meirion.
Porpoise mother and calf pair
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Saturday, 8 December 2018

Come rain or high water, Team Sea Trust are out there!

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Published by Lloyd Nelmes
Just about managed to squeeze in a survey at the end of this week with a brief break in the clouds. We found some porpoise feeding in a sheltered corner at Pen Anglas. at the western end of Fishguard Bay.. Thanks to Dawn and Californian visitor Alex for a great survey.
Some photos taken by Alex and edited by Dawn and Alex.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Strumble Diary: 4/12/18 Risso's Magic for Holly and her Tuesday Vol's

Holly's Tuesday Volunteers, Maddie, Rob and Rhodri, continued the Risso's run of winter sightings with some exciting action from these big and often enigmatic Dolphins...

Apparently the Risso's were present for most of the session,putting on a bit of a show. There can be few places around the British Isles that can compare with Strumble Head  for the variety and consistency of cetacean sightings! 

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Strumble Diary 02/12/2018

Apologies for the belated entry.

Sunday the 2nd was the day of the Christmas fun day at the Ocean Lab with a simultaneous porpoise watch at Strumble and the unveiling of the new posters at the lookout detailing the Peoples Porpoise Project.  Myself, Holly and Rob covered the lookout with Sophie swapping with Holly half way through the 4 hour session. We were on neap tides so not a very strong tide race and the porpoise numbers reflected that with only a few scattered sightings. The Rissos on the other hand were there in good numbers and although not as active as in previous sessions were great to see all the same. We had several local people join us one of which was lucky enough to see the Rissos but the others not so lucky and had instead a detailed talk by myself on the unique and special qualities of Strumble Head and why it is so important to the Porpoise that come there daily. I would estimate the number of Rissos at between 12-16 seen over an hour or so and with a few juveniles and a small calf things in the Rissos world are looking promising for this little group at least.

Cliff & Holly with the new posters at the lookout

Friday, 30 November 2018

Strumble Diary 29-30/11/2018

A dual entry today as I didn't get around to posting yesterdays entry due to car issues that needed sorting late yseterday. So to yesterday first. A long time and our most frequent visitor "Denty" was first in the lens with a long gap before any other sightings. The light was poor and I hadn't expected to get out at all due to the rain. Several sporadic porp sightings were made before the afternoon light faded away and I decided to call it a day.

To today then and the weather was much better with a stiffish WNW wind driving a 10-12ft swell locally off the lookout with lighter seas beyond. The tide was flooding but strangely the tide race didn't really get going as we had expected. Joined at first by Joel and Stevo and afterwards by Lloyd and Ian the sightings started slowly but later in the session they pepped up a bit with some twenty to thirty sightings overall.

 This coming Sunday the 2nd Dec, Sea Trust is having it's Christmas fun day with many activities and free aquarium tours at the Ocean Lab between 10.00am and 3pm. At the same time I and others will be at Strumble offering advice on sea watching and hopefully showing off our wonderful marine wildlife to anyone interested in joining us. The duration of the Strumble session will be dependant on the weather conditions.  Raffle tickets will be available at both locations (up to 1.30ish at Strumble) with lots of lovely prizes to be had including a boat trip on the Cartlet Lady on one of our Celtic Deep trips and a canvas print donated by myself of one of our Fishguard Bay Bottle Nose Dolphins which is on display at the Ocean Lab. If you are coming to Strumble please wrap up warmly.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Strumble Diary 27/11/2018 A Glorious Risso's Day

After a dreadfully wet morning the skies cleared enough to make a session worthwhile, so shortly after midday I arrived and soon spotted a couple of Rissos stealthily moving up the tide race. Just then Holly and Rob arrived and Rob who has never been lucky enough to see Rissos so far was delighted with his first sighting as several more animals passed by west to east. As they did so one of the younger ones breached a couple of times to Holly's delight and although I missed that one I did catch a later breach as i tracked a couple of juveniles as they played in the swells. A short break as they moved off and then some twenty minutes later they came back in the opposite direction in a very playful mood thrashing and splashing as they went by. A lovely session especially for Rob and so nice to see the joy full freedom with which these majestic animals were enjoying their environment.