Thursday, 25 June 2009

Dolphins popping up all over, but where are our Strumble porps?

A message on my answerphone from "Vigilance" Skipper Mark yesterday, offering a trip from Newport to Neyland was too good to miss so I dropped everything and headed for Newport.These inshore transects give a really unique view of what is happening around the coastline and I was anxious to get another view of the Strumble peninsular in particular. The conditions were good and as we rounded Dinas Head out of Newport Bay I felt sure that any Porpoises would show well. We had nothing from Dinas Head to Strumble Head, no gannets or any other sign of activity. Our first sighting was a porp off Pen Brush and then a couple more off St Davids Head. We caught three more of the "Shoe" In Ransay Sound followed by nothing more thasn a few nice puffins and auks as we crossed St Brides Bay, passaged through "Jack Sound" and enterd into the Haven.
In the bar at the marina, Pete from the range boats had been seeing lots of Porpoises and dolphins in the Bristol Channel and around Caldy. He reckoned unusual amounts ogf porpoises which corralates with Rob Colleys observations in early June.
Andy rang to say the "Cartlet Lady" was ready , and he had seeen Common Dolphins actually enter the mouth of the Haven on Tuesday night...
We may have a survey trip out on Sunday on the Cartlett Lady if weather OK and people are interested,£50 per head, allthingsgood, cliff