Wednesday, 16 June 2010

What Jessica Hettie saw and good Sound...


Steve Rosser is on Lundy but due to the wonder of mobiles, phoned in with news of a Minke in the Bristol Channel. Apparently it was seen yesterday by charter boat Jessica Hetty whilst fishing off the west coast of the island. He described the whale as about 20 ft long which sounds pretty much spot on. It also follows on from Rob Colleys survey sightings last week. June seems to be a good month for Minke's we had one with a calf between Skockholm and Grassholme in June 2008 photographed by Adrian Shepherd.
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It was good to hear some good news from Alison re Ramsay sound..
Hi Cliff, hope you're ok. I enjoyed helping you with the school children yesterday. I went up to the Sound afterwards but did'nt have a single porpoise sighting (again!). A different story today, Tues.15th.June. Porps sighted about 1/2 hour into the ebb tide accompanied by circling gannets. They remained well up in the Sound only starting to move down a couple of hours into the ebb tide. More than I've seen for a few weeks, about 8 or 9, including a mother & calf. Most of the time they were gently surfacing but for a few minutes they displayed really active behaviour with gannets diving amongst them. There were 3 tour boats crossing the Sound at the time, well below the activity, but thankfully, they cut their engines & remained at a reasonable distance before moving off when the activity subsided. No porp sightings in the ebb tide at the south end despite watching for 3 hours. All the best.....Alison.