Summer Survey Summary
June was a good month for sightings, especially on the longer routes. Our volunteers on the UK/Ireland - Bilbao route saw Fin Whale, Minke Whale, Sperm Whale, over 500 Common Dolphin, and over 40 Striped Dolphin. Plus, the Southampton/Portbury - Santander surveyor also recorded Fin Whale, Minke Whale, Sperm Whale, and 8445 Common Dolphin.
July’s surveys gave us quite a lot of sightings of Manx Shearwater. The UK/Ireland - Bilbao route also had some good views of larger marine mammals, namely Minke and Cuvier's Beaked Whale. Minke Whale were also seen between Heysham and Dublin (a bit of a rarity for this route, so that was nice for the researcher).
A gorgeous August meant plenty of surveys, and as well as the usual cetacean and seabirds, our researchers got to see Pomarine Skua, Risso’s Dolphin, and Tuna.
Keep up to date with all our survey routes over on our website.