Survey Reports

2019-04-07 - Plymouth-Roscoff

Survey details

Survey route: Plymouth-Roscoff

Company: Brittany Ferries

Sea region: English Channel

Survey start date: 2019-04-07

Number of nights: 1

Survey sightings

Cetacean sightings: N/A

Bird sightings: N/A

Other animals: N/A

Due to a late sailing of 23:30, for the second survey of the season aboard the Armorique the ORCA survey team headed straight to bed to be up bright and early to survey. Due to the time of year, it was still dark as we disembarked in Roscoff. Current sailing times meant that we had a grand total of 1 hour, to disembark, and re-embark the Armorique. As we re-embarked the ship the sun was starting to rise and by the time we set sail and reached the bridge the sun was high in the sky for a beautiful (though slightly overcast) return sailing. The swell was light and we had a sea state varying between 2 - 4.

Our first sighting of the survey was a single breaching common dolphin who appeared at the bow of the ship while we were still setting up for the survey, which put us in high spirits for a good survey. This was quickly followed by a pair of puffins.

It was a couple of hours before we had our final two sightings of 6 common dolphins. Although the survey was light on the number of cetaceans, we had a variety of seabirds scattered throughout the survey including; more puffins, gannets and fulmars.

Many thanks to Brittany Ferries and the Captain, Officers & Crew of the Armorique and of course


Common dolphins x 7


Puffins,  Gannets, Great Skua, Cormorant, Lesser Black-backed gull, Fulmar, Kittiwake

Survey team members

Kerry Heseltine, Hope Maynard, Christine Murdie and Georgie Bull