Sunday, 28 June 2009

Super Pod !

After the numerous recent sightings of Dolphins off Pembrokeshire expectations were high for a Sea Trust survey aboard the Cartlett Lady arranged at short notice by Cliff Benson.

Nearly two hours out from Neyland we had not seen a cetacean of any sort but then a pod of 50 or so Common Dolphins appeared and after a while they came over to us and several, including some calfs, rode in the bow wave. A nice foretaste of things to come.

A little later approaching the Smalls Lighthouse things really got exciting as there were several thousand Gannets milling around and fishing. Under them there were really large numbers of Common Dolphins and as we motored along we just kept seeing more and more - some close to the boat and others some way off. Sea conditions were rather choppy so it was difficult to guage numbers but best estimate was of 1500 plus animals strung out over a mile or so with a range of ages from small calfs to full adults. Needless to say a real spectacle!