Survey Reports

2019-09-07 - Dover–Calais

Survey details

Survey route: Dover–Calais

Company: DFDS

Sea region: English Channel

Survey start date: 2019-09-07

Number of nights: Day sailing


 DOVER TO CALAIS 07.09.2019


 I was curious to see a fulmar again this time bothering the Jackdaws and crows on the Dover cliffs. Interestingly, having recently spent a week on North Ronaldsay, Orkney, experiencing close encounters with nesting fulmar, this one had much darker plumage on its wings more like a northerly blue morph. I wonder if it is the same one that I saw last time, which was also dark winged.


The team were eager and keen to practice their fairly recently acquired survey skills. We were welcomed onto the Bridge by Captain Roge.


Conditions were reasonable with a bit of cloud cover but some glare to Starboard on the outbound route. Although we did not spot any marine mammals we saw a few gannets, a black backed gull juvenile and up to 50 Arctic skuas including much lighter coloured young migrating South Westerly which were magnificent.


On the return leg we had a sighting of a harbour porpoise and closer to Dover Port a rather dark feathered fulmar.


 I would like to extend our thanks to the Bridge Crew of the Cotes Des Flandres for allowing ORCA the privilege of surveying on this ferry 


Survey team members

Cait Cochrane, Taras Bains, Laura Hutt