Yesterday - Sooty Shearwater 1, Balearic Shearwater 1, Great Shearwater 15, Cory's Shearwater 6, Bonxie 2, Arctic Tern 1, Common Tern 2, Black Tern 1, Tern sp a few, Wigeon 5, Fulmar, Gannet. Numbers of large whales in the Bay have been disappointing recently but we did manage a showy Fin Whale in the Southern Bay, along with 4 other large whales (prob Fins). Dolphin numbers were lower than usual with around 90 Common Dolphins, 2 Bottle-nosed Dolphins & 20 Dolphin sp. The main highlight were 2 Culvier's Beaked Whales around an hour before Santander. Also 5 Ocean Sunfish.
Today - The Northern Bay again proved good for seabirds, with the main highlight being several large flocks of Balearic Shearwaters very close to the boat as we passed Ouessant, including one of 111 birds. Totals - Great Shearwater 13, Sooty Shearwater 2, Manx Shearwater 1, Balearic Shearwater c450, Arctic Skua 1, Bonxie 6, Storm Petrel c50, Sandwich Tern 3, Med gull 1, Sabine's Gull 16, Gannet, Fulmar. On the Whale and Dolphin front we managed 20 Common Dolphins, 5 Harbour Porpoise & 8 Bottle-nosed Dolphins.
Plenty of passerines flying along side the boat during the 2 days with the strangest on board guest being a Quail ! Leatherback Turtle also seen but not by us unfortunately! Overall, as per usual excellent value for money and roll on next year! Slap will provide an update on the on-board entertainment shortly and if you don't like shots of Gannets avoid the blog for the next few weeks !