Survey Reports

2019-03-23 - Dover–Calais

Survey details

Survey route: Dover–Calais

Company: DFDS

Sea region: English Channel

Survey start date: 2019-03-23

Number of nights: Day sailing

Survey sightings

Cetacean sightings: N/A

Bird sightings: N/A

Other animals: N/A


 The Bridge crew were extremely welcoming and hospitable inviting us to lovely hot drinks.

 The wind-speed was a gentle 9-13k northeasterly. Due to the ship needing to voyage at a slower pace than usual we had a better opportunity to carry out a full effort rotation.

 We heard from the Bridge crew that earlier in the day there had been a group of dolphins, which the passengers had enjoyed. Great to hear they are out there.

 Although conditions were favourable for surveying with the highest sea-state being a gentle 3 with very light swell, other than our first gannet we saw many bonxies.

 At one point it looked as though animals could have been feeding there as there was a rather large group of full-looking gannets, bonxies, terns and guillemots on the water sitting amongst bubbles. However, it wasn’t our day for seeing them, nor even the usual seals at Calais Port.

 In spite of this we had a really enjoyable survey.

 I would like to thank Captain Defrenn and his crew for the privilege of allowing Team ORCA on the bridge to survey and to thank the 2 volunteer surveyors who were really reliable and a great team.

Birds seen:

Gannet, great skua, sandwich tern, guillemot, fulmar, common gull, greater black back gull, kittiwake, cormorant, herring gull and common or Arctic tern

Survey team members

Stuart Barnes, Rachel Stevens, Cait Cochrane