Posted by: orcaweb | July 6, 2011

Gannets and Guillemots.

It has been quite a good week for sightings on the King Seaways. We are still seeing white-beaked dolphins quite regularly as we sail along the Northumberland coastline. There has also been a few sightings of harbour porpoises on the Dutch side of the crossing, despite not always having the best sea states! It has been a brilliant week for bird spotting though. There are lots of juvenile gannets around at the moment, distinguishable by their darker feathers, and we have seen groups of gannets feeding several times.

It is also that time of year that the common guillemot chicks start to appear on the water! Guillemot chicks leave the nest before they are able to fly, by jumping down from the cliffs into the water. They are then taken care of by the male at sea until they are able to fly, which happens roughly two weeks after fledging. It has been really lovely to see all of the guillemot chicks, calling out as they dive down into the water out of the way of the ship.

Hopefully the next week will continue to be good for wildlife sightings. Maybe we will even spot one of the Minke whales that has been sighted in the area recently.

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Wildlife Officer, DFDS King Seaways

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