Saturday, 14 August 2010

The Whales return

With a spell of bad weather, followed by a week of private charters it was good to get back out on the boat. Monday dawned sunny, with a bit of a breeze. We headed out past the Seal colony and up to the Sea Eagles nest. Next it was time to head further out and we had fantastic views of some Basking Sharks, probably around 6 individuals. One in particular stood out with what looked like a bite mark on its back just behind the dorsal fin, hopefully we managed to get some decent photos to show to our Shark researches who may be able to shed light on the possible cause.
Tuesday's trip followed the same route and we had some more fantastic views of the Sharks, but yet again no whales.
By Wednesday the wind had strengthened and the area covered was more of the sheltered inshore waters, however again Basking Sharks were seen.
Thursday whilst still slightly breezy had improved and they headed out, and this time as well as the usual suspects, Seals, Sea Eagles and Sharks, they had a Minke Whale sighting and relatively close inshore as well. Despite being on a day off myself and missing out it's good to know that they are still out there and with the forecast for the coming week predicting calm seas I can't wait to get back out there and track down some Stinky Minke's!

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