Friday, 19 August 2011
Offshore on Celtic Wildcat - 17August 2011
A group of members from the Mid Pembs and Bird Group section of the Wildlife trust went ‘Offshore’ on the Celtic Wildcat to watch sea birds and marine mammals.
We stopped for a while near Grassholm , the only Gannet colony in Wales and then went further out to sea, where there were lots of Auks, Shearwaters etc. Having laid a bait trail we were visited by Storm petrels and a Bonxie. Eventually approx 90 Fulmars swimming around the boat – mostly they had swum to us as they were in moult.
Having seen many seabirds, a few porpoise and some pods of Common Dolphin our skipper spotted Whales in the distance. As they came closer to us we many exciting views of them, as bets as we could we decided there were between 10 and 12. They were accompanied by ‘bow wave riding’ common dolphins and a few Manx shearwaters. A couple of hours later we spotted another two animals which may or may not have been from the initial group.