Survey Reports

2019-06-03 - Plymouth-Roscoff

Survey details

Survey route: Plymouth-Roscoff

Company: Brittany Ferries

Sea region: English Channel

Survey start date: 2019-06-03

Number of nights: 1

Survey sightings

Cetacean sightings: N/A

Bird sightings: N/A

Other animals: N/A

An enthusiastic survey team met in Plymouth for the crossing to Roscoff. Daylight hours didn’t allow us to survey on the way in to Roscoff, so we spent a few hours exploring the town and bonding as a team. We were using Logger, the electronic data collection method which is being rolled out onto several survey routes, and several team members hadn't used this before. Once back on the ship, we had a quick training exercise in the use of Logger, and were invited to the bridge by a friendly crew. 

The survey started off a little bumpy, with a heavy to moderate swell until we reached the middle of the channel. Conditions were a little challenging, with sea states of beaufort 3 for much of the survey, and glare on the port side. Despite these conditions which decrease the likelihood of spotting cetaceans, the team kept their spirits up, and new surveyors spotted unidentified small cetaceans and unidentified dolphins. In addition to these few cetaceans, we were kept company by numerous gannets and manx shearwaters throughout the crossing.

Survey team members

James Robbins, Alison Couch, Neil Best, Sam Attwater