Friday, 13 August 2010

Wildcat Boat Trip 12 August

Common dolphin bowriding Celtic wildcat by Josh s'Jacob
Rather rougher conditions than forecast made the Sea Trust dolphin survey on the Celtic Wildcat yesterday quite an adventure. As we left Milford Haven the seas began to pick up quickly so we headed for the shelter of Skomer where there was just one Puffin and a few Kittiwakes as the sea bird's breeding season has now passed all too quickly. An inquisitive Grey Seal came to have a look at the boat and we had good views of 2 Porpoises just off the west side of the island .
We then made a dash over to Grassholm in some quite large seas where the sun came out and the spectacle of the huge Gannet colony with many well grown young on nests was was enjoyed by all on board. We made our way south with the waves following us and had 3 brief encounters with Common Dolphins, with one small pod riding in the bow wave for a few minutes. There were plenty of Manx Shearwaters, Gannets, Guillemots & Razorbills seemingly enjoying the windy conditions as we made our way back to the Haven. A Sooty Shearwater and a Great Skua also passed close to the boat.
The remaining August trips on the Wildcat are fully booked but there is space available on the September trips - click on the Sea Trust Wildcat Boat Trips link to the right for dates.