Friday, 18 July 2014

Cartlett Lady trip 17th July 2014

We left Neyland at 12pm yesterday with promise of a good trip and we weren't disappointed...
A couple of hours out and we had a pod of around 20 common dolphins come in to play with the boat including several calves and juveniles. Another group of around 6 or 8 then came in and joined them although these were all a larger individuals. We headed further out West but weren't lucky enough to spot any more dolphins, so instead headed up to Grassholm which is always an experience, especially for those who hadn't seen it before! We then headed into St. Brides Bay and back around Skomer and Skokholm to see the puffins and other bird life. We managed to spot a single porp in the tide race on the North side of Skokholm, and as we headed around the West side of the island saw some some blows and splashes out further to our West which turned out to be a pod of around 10 Risso's dolphins. The Risso's hung around for a while slowly moving around us and there were at least a couple of juveniles visible. After the Risso's had left us we headed South and had a couple more porpoise - mother and calf pair, before heading back into the Haven. 

Some film and pictures to follow...

Happy passengers and common dolphins -

Short clip of Risso's -