Tuesday, 30 August 2011

The Dolphin-Othon Begins!

Sea Trust volunteer monitors (Jessica Creak and Ana Cowie and the walrus)  met up with the Fishguard Ladies Jemima Rowing Team, aboard the Stena Europe yesterday (Monday 29/8/11) to begin this years annual Dolphin-Othon.
The voyage started with a bang when we spotted the bottles off the breakwater, a female with a young calf, probably the same ones as seen by Ian Hotchin on Sunday.
Sea State was quite choppy which with a bright sun made for difficult viewing conditions. None the less distant feeding gannets were seen and under one the splashes of dolphins. Not particularly satisfying for our Jemmima's but about half way across, I spotted Common Dolphins breaching in the distance. To squeals of delight they came racing into our bow (see Jessica's pic)

Another distant sighting brought the total to four, about thirty animals, a great start!