Survey Reports

2019-10-13 - Plymouth-Roscoff

Survey details

Survey route: Plymouth-Roscoff

Company: Brittany Ferries

Sea region: English Channel

Survey start date: 2019-10-13

Number of nights: 1

Common dolphin

Survey conditions

Highest Sea State: 3-Large Wavelets

Lowest Sea State: 2-Small Wavelets

Best Weather Conditions: 1-No precipitation

Best Weather Conditions: 4-Fog/Mist

Best Sea Swell State: 2-Light (<0-1m)

Worst Sea Swell State: 2-Light (<0-1m)

Glare present during the survey?: 1-None

Survey sightings

Cetacean sightings: Common dolphins 8 sightings 45 animals

Bird sightings: N/A

Other animals: N/A

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

As we set sail, we hoped the overcast weather and rain would not impact on our visibility too much. We commenced with good visibility and within an hour we had our first sightings of common dolphins. Our sea state throughout our crossing mainly remained at 2 with the occasional increase to 3. At times our visibility was clear to starboard with mist to port. Despite the varying visibility we had sighting after sighting of common dolphins – what a lovely finish to the 2019 survey season for this route.

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.

Common dolphin

Common dolphin

Survey team members

Team Leader: Jayne Dobner

Surveyors: Jock Gardner - Annette Price - Michael Culverhouse


Supporting document

File: 20191013plymouthroscofftest.pdf