Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Pelagics with Thousand Islands Wildlife Expeditions of, St David's, Pembrokeshire

During the last two days we have completed a number of offshore trips with Thousand Islands Wildlife Expeditions and a party from WDCS and had excellent sightings including many Common dolphins. Yesterday we were treated to a fantastic spectacle of a group of 9 Risso’s dolphins surface foraging for shoaling fish a few miles from the island of Grassholm They were joined for a time by Common dolphins.
The Risso’s dolphin technique was seemingly to use tail and body to create a shock wave either stunning or killing fish thus allowing them to be gathered. Although we have heard of this from local fisherman we have not seen it, or photographed this before.
We have also seen on the trips Minke Whale, Porpoise, Storm petrels, and feeding frenzies of both Gannets and Manx shearwaters. Other recent sightings have included Skuas, Basking sharks and Orca.

Many thanks to Janet Baxter for the attached photographs she took on yesterday's boat trip