Saturday, 10 November 2012

Take a bow


Dolphins riding the waves (Bex Outram)

Up close and personal (Bex Outram)

Dolphin delight (Bex Outram)

Showing well (Bex Outram)
Saturday 10th November comments: Today and yesterday, a pod of Bottle-nosed Dolphins have been seen around the islands, favouring inner sound (between Inner Farne and the mainland). The pod, up to 25 in number, were seen bow riding boats and the ranger team got some spectacular views (and pictures!) The animals followed the boat for around 20 minutes, giving an opportunity to observe both adults and youngsters riding the waves.

It’s been a good late autumn for cetaceans around the Farnes with several sightings of Minke Whales alongside White-beaked and Bottle-nosed Dolphin records. The Farnes provide such a wide variety of life, even at this time of year! Dolphins aren’t necessarily something associated with the North Sea in November, with this sort of wildlife encounter making the Farnes feel more like the Mediterranean!

Today we turned our attentions back to our Grey Seals and tomorrow we’ll bring you the latest colony count and news about our twins. Plenty to report, so tune in…

4 comments:

GWW_Milo_02 said...

great stuff, Autumn can be a fantastic time for Cetaceans!

Neil Turnbull said...

I think these will be the same Dolphins we paddled with on Sunday off Snipe Point, Lindisfarne. We were not sure about the species but there seemed to be a similar number as you describe.

Neil Turnbull said...

I have some poor quality pictures at this link you could look at and cast your expert eye over.

http://salt-and-surf.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/lindisfarne-circumnavigation.html

Christian Ashby said...

It was fantastic - they were riding the bow of our dive boat too - here are some pics I took:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cscashby/sets/72157632001810277/