So this was the first week on the ship that I have not spotted a whale since we started seeing them a couple of months ago.
However I still managed to spot some cetaceans despite the choppy sea surface for most of the week.
I have been unable to identify these cetaceans I spotted early on in the week at the Newcastle end.
I think the top photo may be of a Porpoise as it is quite dark in colour, although it is making a large splash so may in fact be a dolphin. The second photo may be a pair of Bottlenose dolphins as they appear to be uniform grey in colour and have a large falcate fin.
The ORCA survey team were also on board this week and have identified Bottlenose dolphins leaving Newcastle! They also reported seeing a Bottlenose dolphin jumping over a Minke whale! The survey team spotted no fewer than 5 Minke whales, a pod of Bottlenose dolphins and a pod of White beaked dolphins on Sunday (4th August) evening leaving Newcastle.
I managed to get a photo of one of my favourite North Sea birds, the Razorbill.
I really like this photo of what appears to be 3 Razorbills pursuing a Guillemot.
The choppy seas let up on my last evening leaving Holland this week and the porpoises showed up right on time, 8 o’clock exactly (After telling passengers the best time to spot them is between 8-9pm).
I also really like this photo of a Fulmar against a smooth orange sea surface.
There were a few brave Curlews flying past the ship sometimes over 60km from the coast.
And finally this unusual sighting of a Collared dove braving the open North Sea.
Thanks for reading guys.
I hand you over to Sara now for the next 3 weeks, I hope the whales come back for her.