Friday, 30 September 2016

A Double First for Breakwater

A poor start to the day as the showers came over soon changed to broken cloud and sunshine as the time approached for the first coffee morning to be held at the end of the northern breakwater and a really worthy cause chosen by Cliff was the Macmillan Cancer foundation. It was lovely to see so many people show support to Cliff and of course Macmillan through this unique event. Thanks have to go to Tony, Stevo and Joel for helping set things up and to Delyth plus others for their lovely cakes and to those who attended and who made the event a success. At the end of the event a short time was spent watching a few porpoise to everyone's delight but sadly no bottles showed up.

A special thanks to Carl Miln (Stena Line) for supporting the event by providing a bus and driver to ferry people from the Ocean Lab and back afterwards.

 The other first was quite special too. If I'm correct, it is the first time we've recorded a porpoise at the breakwater that we know from our porpoise watches at Strumble Hd. The notches out of the fin are very familiar and I think this was one of the porpoises featured by Chantelle at the recent synposium. A female I think as it was in the company of a calf although the calf is well grown. I'll leave Cliff and the others to contemplate the importance of this sighting but it is a significant first I think.

The welcome

Off for coffee

The venue, the old gun emplacements

You can have your cake and eat it here.

All the goodies laid out.

My mum and wife enjoying coffee and a chat

Cliff with his cake face on.

Mother submerging with calf to the fore.

Double notched fin.

Calf on it's own.

Coffee morning gate crasher.