2018-09-01 - Dover–Calais
We were made very welcome on the bridge and were greeted by gorgeous surveying conditions with a seastate 2 and gentle late summer sun producing some glare. Shortly into the first effort, just having left Dover port, white water consistent with what looked like a group of active dolphins were spotted about 6 kilometers starboard off Folkestone heading seawards. There were some glints of sun glancing off bodies. We soon changed course and lost sight of them but this was a very exciting sighting.
The birdlife was very quiet, we saw some resting gannets on the water, a light 5 mile per hour breeze kept conditions good.
Just as we were approaching Calais port a large common seal was lolling around in the wake of a ferry. Although we were off effort in the red zone approaching the docking area the Captain called us over to show us another seal close to where the Cotes Des Flandres was docking.
On leaving Calais, we saw again common seals.
We had a delightful survey, I would like to thank Captain St Martin and Captain DesFrene as well as First Officer Giles Dieu for being so accommodating of the ORCA team. I would also like to thank the team for giving up their time to carry out this survey.
Lesser Black Backed Gull and this years young
Greater Black Backed Gull
Survey team members
Cait Cochrane, Tiffany Rogerson and Liz Pedley