Sunday, 5 September 2010

Richard Stoniers Strumble Cetacean Highlights.

Richard really puts the time in and gets just rewards. Interestingly his Common Dolphin sightings match with what we were getting from the ferry. The Risso's are nice records as well as we saw none off Strumble from the ferry. Interestingly the books always say that Risso's get whiter due to scarring with age. I have seen White Calves and dark calves I have seen white and dark juveniles and also white and dark adults. Most show some scarring apart from new calves but it seems to me that we get pale and dark phase Risso's.

Strumble (04 Sep 10)
Common Porpoise - Common and showing reasonably well Common Dolphin - c.10 @ 0950 and c.30 @ 1100

Strumble (03 Sep 10)
Common Porpoise - Common and showing well Common Dolphin - c.5 @ 1100 and c.10 @ 1120Sunfish - 1


Strumble (02 Sep 10)
Common Porpoise - Common and showing wellCommon Dolphin - c.20 @ 0820 and c.10 @ 0935

Strumble (31 Aug 10)

Common Porpoise - Common and showing well all dayCommon Dolphin - 2 @ 0905, c.20 @ 1030, c.10 @ 1045, c 30 @ 1100, c.10 @ 1130, c 10 @ 1315. Some records are duplicate sightings of same individuals but there were at least 3 different pods. One group of 10 came within 100yds of shore - the closest I have ever had them. A number of calfs with them.
Risso's Dolphin - 2 @ 0805. One very large dark male with a huge fin and a second smaller and all white individual. On view for circa 15 mins.

Strumble (30 Aug 10)
Common Porpoise (Common and showing all day)Common Dolphin - c.15-20 (@ 1000 heading East at long range then at 1315 close in tide race heading West)

// posted by Richard Stonier