13 October 2019 - English Channel
The ORCA survey team met at the Brittany Ferries Terminal. Our departure was scheduled for 22:00 hrs so we left Plymouth in the darkness of the night. Our evening crossing was calm and we awoke the next morning ready to explore Roscoff.
14 October 2019 - Roscoff
After disembarkation we walked into town, the light to heavy rain looked as though it was set for the day. After a leisurely breakfast, we strolled around the beautiful town, we visited Church of Notre Dame de Croaz-Batz. This 16th century church has a decorative renaissance style bell tower which dominates the skyline and unique carvings of ships and a large sundial embellish the outside. We walked along the coast and Île de Batz (a bridge which extends into the sea enabling the Batz ferry to take passengers to the Island regardless of the tide). We made our way back to the ferry terminal rather soggy and our early embarkation gave the team an opportunity to change out of our wet clothes before starting our survey.
14 October 2019: English Channel Sea State 2 - 3 with variable visibility
Although our visibility was variable, the ORCA team had 8 sightings (45 animals) of common dolphins. As always, a massive thanks to Brittany Ferries, the captain and crew of the Armorique.
Survey team members
Team Leader: Jayne Dobner
Surveyors: Jock Gardner - Annette Price - Michael Culverhouse