Feeding frenzy!

Friday 3rd September comments: Its been an interesting few days as we’ve been noticing a lot more activity off the island, especially as the seas are so flat calm. Watching from the south end of the island we have noticed an increase of birdlife and much more as we’ll explain…

Off the south-east corner of the island hundreds of Gannets have been plunge diving after prey and this is attracting other birds such as Manx Shearwaters and Sooty Shearwaters. Other birds are also getting in on the act such as Guillemot, Razorbill and even Puffin whilst predators such as the Bonxie (Great Skua) and Arctic Skua have entered the pack to steal a meal.

It’s not just bird species which are attracted to such frenzies as up to three Minke Whales are now resident with Harbour Porpoise and Bottle-nosed Dolphins are all part of this feeding attraction. So what are they after? Well the simple answer is food…fish! It’s the time of year when large shoals of Herring and Mackeral migrate in the area and the predators will follow. It’s great to watch and to see the North Sea so active and long may it continue and we’ll keep you posted if anything else arrive to take advantage of these bait balls.

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