My last full day on board the King Seaways this month was beautifully calm. Both in the morning as we sailed into Ijmuiden, and also that evening as we headed back to England. During our morning deck watch I spotted 5 harbour porpoises, 2 of which were surprisingly close to the port! In the evening we spotted a further 9 harbour porpoises in total. There was a group of about 5 that were feeding quite far ahead of the ship. Unfortunately as the ship got within about 200m they swam away, but not before a lot of the passengers out on deck got a good look at them. A few minutes later we spotted two more porpoises, and I even managed to get a photo.
A little while later a flock of common scoter flew past, which was a nice end to the evening’s deck watch, and my two weeks on board.
Hopefully Richard will continue to have good weather and exciting sightings over the next few weeks.
Wildlife Officer, DFDS King Seaways.