Apr16

First minke whale sighting of the season

Categories // North Sea Wildlife Officer

Passengers and staff spotted the first whale of the season on the route from Newcastle to Ijmuiden this week.

Hey everyone!

My first shift on board the DFDS King Seaways is already coming to end! It has been an exciting 2 weeks, with stormy days, extremely misty days and some amazing sunny days, great for spotting wildlife! And spotting wildlife we did! We have seem so many harbour porpoises, some grey seals, even some (possible) white-beaked dolphins and our first whale of the season! Most likely a Minke whale!

Misty sunset in the North Sea

Passengers have been greatly enjoying our new wildlife center, with lots of children joining in our wildlife activities, and many enjoying our North Sea wildlife presentation and continuously growing amount of educative decor. Excitingly I also got to sign up our first new ORCA member of the season!

The weather has become our friend this last week, with only some mist now and again. This resulted in many harbour porpoise sightings, and of course loads of sea birds! The 14th of April was particularly memorable, as after returning to the wildlife center from a quiet deck watch, passengers and myself were running around from window to window, as dolphins (possibly white-beaked dolphins), porpoises and even our first minke whale started appearing in all directions! Luckily our new wildlife center gives us great views in multiple directions, and we all got to enjoy the cetacean sightings. Unfortunately we lost the sunlight and could no longer spot any wildlife.

Panorama North Sea

I am looking forward to many more sightings this season with more great weather! Especially more minke whales! And continue to help passengers spot these amazing animals!

Kelly de Vries – ORCA Wildlife Officer, North Sea