Survey Reports

2018-06-12 - Aberdeen–Lerwick

Survey details

Survey route: Aberdeen–Lerwick

Company: NorthLink

Sea region: North Sea

Survey start date: 2018-06-12

Number of nights: 2

^ Bearded Seal in Lerwick Harbour

Bottlenose dolphins appeared off the port side as we left Aberdeen harbour, a great start to the survey! The sea state grew to 4 as we headed north toward Shetland though we still had sightings of unidentified dolphin, harbour porpoise, harbour seal and grey seal. 

The next morning harbour porpoise were our first sightings. Later, whilst passing Sumburgh head we had a brief view of an orca, most likely one that has come down from Iceland for the summer. A Minke whale showed up very close inland to round off a brilliant morning.

We had the opportunity to go on a boat trip during our time ashore, so we jumped at the chance, not before seeing the bearded seal that has been hanging around in Lerwick harbour this year. Though we spotted no cetaceans on the boat trip we did see harbour and grey seal along with some close up views of Shetlands famous bonxies. 

The following afternoon surveying was in a sea state 5. Sightings did not feature in this watch. The seas were too rough for surveying the following morning. We were grateful to the enthusiastic crew of the Hrossey for allowing us on the bridge with them. Despite the rough seas we had a brilliant survey collecting valuable data. 

Ben

^ Great Skua (Bonxie)

Survey team members

Ben Jones, Beth Harvey, Conon Aynsley, Sara Bisset