Saturday, 24 July 2010

Maybe Minke?

On Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 11:40 AM, Dave Williams wrote:
hi, whilst out fishing from my boat Cod2 yesterday from Cardiff Bay, i was anchored up opposite Penarth pier in the middle of the channel. My mate and i spotted a large black back rise out of the water about 50yds away from us, its back was Black with a dorsal fin, as we have never seen something like this before in this area we at first presumed it was a seal, but it then rose again about 150yds away and i could see it was either a dolphin/porpoise type species. sorry but we had no pictures to prove are sighting but as a regular fisherman in the area i will be looking out for more in the future.

Hi Dave, thanks for this, The dorsal fin rules out seal, Porpoises are seen occasionally thereabouts but you say it was "large". It sounds a bit like a typical Minke Whale sighting. Minke's are relatively small whales about 8-10 metres and don't blow, just surfacing pretty much as you described in a relatively low key manner. There have been a few sightings of Minke's in the Bristol Channel this year so that would be my initial guess. I have added an image (any excuse) taken by Adrian Shepherd of a mother and calf taken off Skokholm. allthingsgood, cliff