Well, it has been a slow 2 weeks, with only 7 sightings of harbour porpoises and no other cetaceans. The weather has been against us on the King Seaways with storms driving through most of the last week. On the plus side, the storms did bring in the first of this year’s sooty shearwaters off the Northumbrian coastline. They are just arriving back in the Northern hemisphere after breeding in New Zealand, Western Australia or the southernmost part of South America.
See here for more information and photos about these amazing birds: http://www.arkive.org/sooty-shearwater/puffinus-griseus/image-G28300.html
I’m off the ship for 2 weeks now and have just handed over to Isabelle. I hope she has better luck than I had.
Richard – Wildlife Officer