Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Porp news from the North, short but sweet!

From Paul Ralston,

2 porpoises off the Great Orm  N Wales this morning .

Monday, 20 February 2017

Ramsey Sound

A pod of at least 30 Bottlenose Dolphins were at the south end of Ramsey Sound this morning.

Animals of all sizes spent around an hour holding their position in the flood tide near 'The Shoe' rock before moving off south-west into St Brides Bay.

These are the first Bottlenose Dolphins we've seen in Ramsey Sound since 3 animals in the same area in November 2016.

Lisa and Greg

Saturday, 18 February 2017

from Stevo and Joel at Strumble....

Stephen Lucas

14:46 (3 hours ago)
to me
Friday 17th February
Joel and I went to Strumble Head yesterday, Friday, at 11am which was
the top of high water.
We only saw one porpoise just milling about  amongst the feeding gannets.
There was no water movement and very little wind as well.
And also as well a solitary Grey Seal.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Rylands Birthday, he sent us a present!

video video
Some thrilling  video just in, of Common Dolphins bowriding Ryland Edwards vessel "Waterston" in Swansea Bay en route for Avonmouth last month. Happy Birthday Rye thanks for the present! Its not often we get to hear about Common Dolphins this far up the Bristol Channel especially in the depths of winter! Nice one Rye!

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Porthcawl Porps

Yipee. A light northerly is a calming wind for Porthcawl so I got an hour in before the rugby. Sea state 2. Low swell. 8/8 cloud so no glare. Bingo. A porpoise swimming East quite close but it disappeared around Irongate Point. 20 minutes later a brief glimpse of a different porpoise to my West and about 3/4 mile out.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Chilly Porthcawl

Sea conditions down to sea state 2 so I headed off for a cetacean survey. Bitterly cold on Locks Common in a NW 2 breeze and a temperature of 4 degrees according to my car thermometer. February has never been a good month in Porthcawl for porpoise and so it proved again. 60 frozen minutes and no porps. My consolation was a fine glaucous gull flying in from the sea and a Mediterranean gull for good measure.

Strumble Diary 05/02/2017

A near perfect day for porp watching at Strumble today. Good light,excellent visibility and only a slight sea. The flood rip was just forming when I arrived (10.30am) and soon after a small group of porps moved in from the NE. I'd estimate around twenty in all through the session with several mother and calf pairings some moving together. The sightings tailed off as we approached high water and I closed the session at around 12.45pm.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Breakwater Sighting.

With foul weather yesterday and a busy day planned for today there was no chance of me getting to Strumble. However A report of three porpoise off the northern breakwater from Ian Hotchin did brighten the day.
     Many thanks for calling that in Ian.

Ken B

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Strumble Diary 02/02/2017

I took a chance on the break in the weather this morning and arrived at Strumble just as it tipped over the top of the tide. A small amount of tide race still visible and the wind increasing seemingly by the minute. First sighting was of a group of four porps just off to the NW which stayed around for ten minutes or so followed up by sporadic sightings over the following two hours. Nice to see another mother/calf pair just before I closed the session.

Cliff would have loved that one for the aquarium I'm sure

Mother/calf and below.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Strumble and Breakwater diary 31/1/17

A quick look on the breakwater with Wdig birder had a feathery welcome home for him in the shape of a 1st winter Glaucus gull, I was pretty chuffed as well. On the finny side one or two porps were showing under half a dozen Gannets in the distance off Pen Anglais. Not quite so far away but still too distant to get a shot in the murky conditions was a mother and small calf, I am hoping we might get another chance of them today! We went on to Strumble and found the tide ebbing strongly past the lighthouse. Ken had drawn a blank earlier so we thought it might be worth a look. From the bottom lighthouse car park we got glimpses of several distant porpoises feeding beyond the lighthouse between the two islands!

Glaucus Gull