Posted by: orcaweb | September 5, 2008

ORCA / DFDS Seaways Wildlife Officer Grethe Hillersøy saves the best wildlife sightings for her final trip from Newcastle to Bergen!

Two Bottlenose Dolphins surface close to the ship - a thrilling sight!

Two bottlenose dolphins surface close to the ship - a thrilling sight!

Newcastle to Bergen (27th – 30th August 2008)

 

 

 

I figured that since this was sadly enough the last trip on the “Queen of Scandinavia”, we should finish it with a bang. And we did! This was by far the trip with the most sightings and we enjoyed brilliant weather for most of the trip! Again, it was the hotspot outside Newcastle that proved to be the gold winner of sightings! One morning we had mirror calm water with white-beaked dolphins swimming next to the bow, two minke whales, four more distant pods of dolphins, two pods of harbour porpoises and a grey seal up close.

 

Passengers pack the outer decks in the hope of sighting a cetacean!

Passengers pack the outer decks in the hope of sighting a cetacean!

So many guests came to join me out on deck and the air was filled with anticipation of where and what the next sighting was going to be. And not to mention the rock pipit, wagtails, grey heron and great skuas that were flying and swooping around the boat the whole last morning. A young boy had been watching bottlenose dolphins swimming next to the bow one night from his bedroom window, while others were watching dolphins swim past the ship while having breakfast! What a spectacular view to have during breakfast. I never get tired of hearing the comment “That just made my trip perfect!” and seeing the guests with smiles going from one ear to the other!

 

 

 

A perfect ending to a great summer!

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