Thursday, 31 December 2009
We've got a few spaces available for passengers on each survey, which are available at very low cost, so give us a call on 01670 827465 if you think you might enjoy a 7 hour pelagic into the unknown at some point in the next 6 weeks.
Best wishes for the New Year :-)
Friday, 4 December 2009
Imagine Andy's surprise when the link he'd been sent was the one to the gallery on the NEWT website...
Here's one of the images;
That distinctive notch in the dorsal fin should mean that there's a good chance of the animal being located elsewhere. In fact I've seen an image of a minke, taken in the Hebrides in May 2008 (4 months prior to the image above), which is almost certainly the same animal. Which is interesting because it proves that there is movement of Minke Whales between the well-studied population in the Hebrides and the ones that we find off Northumberland in mid-late Summer.
The funny thing is that Andy was standing next to me when I took that photo, so he has seen this character. We've got this animal at two different locations, and we know the maximum length of time it took to travel between them. Hopefully more images will come to light and we'll have an even better picture of where this whale goes, and when.
With increasing interest in offshore wildlife trips there could well be more instances of photo 're-captures', and the potential for anyone on a pelagic trip with a camera to contribute to our knowledge of the distribution and movements of our cetaceans.
Monday, 12 October 2009
Minke Whale 1
which was moving quickly north, in the general direction of Coquet Island.
Monday, 5 October 2009
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Saturday 19th September, Humpback Whale 2 miles E of Newton by the Sea - it's still out there!
The Humpback Whale was found at 11:45 by a very surprised lobster fisherman. Well, you would be surprised if a 12m cetacean that you weren't aware of suddenly breached next to your boat! John Dawson on Glad Tidings V set out from Seahouses to search for it, but it had moved away by the time they arrived off Newton. Several hours of searching didn't reveal it's location. Surely the same animal seen off Longstone on Sunday 13th.
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
Monday, 14 September 2009
Atlantic Grey Seals were everywhere as far as the eye could see, Gannets were flying by (but not really showing any interest in feeding) and we had a couple of Red-throated Divers and a very obliging Arctic Skua. Eventually we did find some cetaceans; Harbour Porpoises. Although they're generally not keen on boats we had excellent views of one that surfaced within 20ft of the boat and then swam across the wake. Still too fast for my camera though!
We've booked the boat for the same Saturday next year, and we're taking advance bookings already so give us a call on 01670 827465 to reserve your place.
Friday, 11 September 2009
Places are selling well, but there are still some remaining (£30/adult, £20/child) so call Martin on 01670 827465 to book your place.
With Minke Whale, White-beaked Dolphin and Harbour Porpoise all real possibilities it's one not to miss.
Weather will be glorious, winds will be light, and things are looking promising...
Sunday, 9 August 2009
2 Minke Whales, several Harbour Porpoises and a pod of dolphin sp, south past Snab Point at lunchtime (D Dack/A Gilbertson)
10-15 Bottlenose Dolphins, from angling boat 10 miles E of Cresswell (A Skinner)
Thursday, 30 July 2009
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
Harbour Porpoise 2
Bottlenose Dolphin 1