2018-04-01 - Plymouth-Roscoff

Survey details

Survey route: Plymouth-Roscoff

Company: Brittany Ferries

Sea region: English Channel

Survey start date: 2018-04-01

Number of nights: 1

^ Library photograph – common dolphiin

1st - 2nd April 2018

With this being, only the second survey from Plymouth to Roscoff this year, daylight hours were still limited which resulted in no surveying on the outbound route. Instead we enjoyed breakfast and a few hours in Roscoff before heading back to the ship excited to start surveying.

The swell and sea state started off relatively calm and we were treated to our first sighting of 3 unidentified dolphins off in the distance. Shortly after this two more small pods of common dolphins were spotted heading straight towards the ship. At this point unfortunately, the weather began to turn and over the next hour and a half the weather steadily began to decline. The fog rolled in until we had just 5km of visibility left and a sea state of a 5.

Luckily, for us as we reached the last stretch before reaching the port of Plymouth we saw a plethora of bird life and the sea calmed enough for us to spot a lone harbour porpoise swimming next to the ship.

Thank you to the rest of my team for all of your enthusiasm and loveliness.

Many thanks to the Captain and his officers and crew of the Armorique for allowing us this opportunity and to Brittany Ferries for making this survey possible.

Cetaceans

Birds at sea

  • Gannet
  • Comorant
  • Razorbill
  • Great Skua
  • Herring gull
  • Tern spp
  • Greater Black backed gull
  • Lesser black backed gull