First week as a WO on the Cap Finistere

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Sam, one our Wildlife Officers class of 2018, gives an insight into her first week at sea.

Hello everybody!

The Wildlife Officers are back! My name is Sam and I have just finished my first week on board the Brittany Ferries‘ ship, the Cap Finistere. Our first few days on the ship began with our Wildlife Officer training, which included, surprise surprise, a few deck watches.

It was a great couple of days having all of the Wildlife Officers together learning about our duties on board the ferries and we even got to see some common dolphins and striped dolphins! Overall, we sighted 129 dolphins during the training – a fantastic start to the 2018 Wildlife Officer season!

2018 Wildlife Officers Brittany Ferries

After all that learning, we arrived at Portsmouth on Good Friday and Laura and I waved goodbye to everybody as we embarked on our first official voyage. Our first day involved welcoming 180 children on board and helping them kick-start their Easter holidays. They really enjoyed our children’s presentation and had great fun with our new interactive quiz.

Our outdoor adventures began on our first deck watch when we experienced some unexpected hail (which nobody warned us about!). Despite this and some rather windy days, we have been accompanied on deck throughout the week by some really enthusiastic passengers who helped us search for cetaceans. Luckily we have had quite a few sightings, especially of our species of the week….the common dolphin, that were enjoyed by all of the passengers on deck.

Enthusiastic passengers joining Wildlife Officers on deck!

Species of the week: Common dolphin! Leaping towards the ship

All in all we’ve had a great first week. The crew have been great, we have had some amazing feedback and we finally moved into our official cabin, yay!

Fingers crossed for Heather and Laura, our Wildlife Officers on board the Cap Finistere this week, I hope they have great weather and see plenty of cetaceans. We are all really excited about starting this season!!

Until next time,

Sam – ORCA Wildlife Officer, North-East Atlantic

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