Survey Reports

2018-08-04 - Dover–Calais

Survey details

Survey route: Dover–Calais

Company: DFDS

Sea region: English Channel

Survey start date: 2018-08-04

Number of nights: Day sailing

^ A stock image of a bottlenose dolphin

We had a delightful survey with favourable weather conditions, a gentle breeze, a sea state of 2 with little swell, some cloud cover and sea haze with some glare to port on the way to Calais and then starboard on the return leg.

25 minutes into the survey we got a sighting of a possible bottlenose dolphin and calf glinting in the sun, associating with a buoy. We had a few birds including a dead gannet, floating bottom up.

The Bridge crew, who made us so welcome, let us know that they had seen several dolphins the previous day when the sea was flat calm. One of the officers, who had previously shown me footage he had taken of a big animal some time ago, greeted me and reminded me of this and has offered to find and send us the footage which is very exciting.

On the return journey after a couple of harbour porpoises popped their heads up crossing the bow from port to starboard I noticed a strange dark largish head shape which turned out to be the upturned black kayak that had been reported to the Coastguards.

It is always so interesting hearing the Coastguards communication especially with boats named Beluga or Walrus making our ears prick up.

We would like to thank the Bridge crew of the Cotes des Flandres for the privilege of allowing us to survey on the Bridge and I would like to thank the volunteer surveyors for committing their time and energy to ORCA.

Marine Mammals seen:

1 Dolphin and calf

2 Harbour Porpoise

Birds seen:

Gannets, kittiwake, black headed gulls, cormorant, herring gull and common tern