Whale Of A Time

Blue skies and flat sea, a perfect morning for a seawatch!

Blue skies and flat sea, a perfect morning for a seawatch!

A Minke Whale; long body and small dorsal fin.

A Minke Whale; long body and small dorsal fin.

Saturday 1st August comments: If only the public cetacean watch was this morning!! It has been a lovely sunny morning out here and the sea is calm, so a perfect morning for a seawatch from outside the buildings.  There was nothing for a while but scanning through a feeding frenzy of Kittiwakes emerged a Harbour Porpoise and then another, both seemingly swimming south.  Moments later they were seen again with the same flock of Kittiwake, so were presumably feeding within the same school of fish as the birds.

After a shout to the rest of the team they came running and straight away spotted a Minke Whale that was close by. This beast was seen a few times before diving deep; it wasn’t until ten minutes later it was seen far to the left within another feeding frenzy of birds, this time with diving Gannets too.  The Minke Whale stuck around for over half an hour before disappearing again.  The feeding frenzies and cetacean sightings are a good indication that there some large schools of fish out there which is good for all our wildlife.  A truly incredible mornings seawatching, you don’t get many days like this where you can sit out shorts in the sun watching whales and porpoise! So if you are heading out the May keep your eyes peeled, you never know what you might see!

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