Monday, 9 August 2010


Dorset, Lyme Bay
c.12 Bottlenose Dolphin seen ~1.3nm SSW of The Cobb in Lyme Regis at 07:00 hours, and then seen again for about 2 hours prior to 14:15.  Sighting reported by Harry May, skipper of Marie F, Lyme Regis.

Cornwall, 4 miles SSW of Dodman Point
1 Skua species and 2 Sooty Shearwater seen during an angling trip.  Sighting reported by Ken Dodgson, skipper of Leo1 of Falmouth.

Hampshire, 1.5 mile South of the Needles
Balearic Shearwater feeding with gulls.  Sighting reported by Mike Cottingham, skipper of Challenger II, Lymington.

Channel Islands, 6nm WNW of Guernsey

2 Minke Whale were observed at 2:30pm for half an hour by Chris Mourant from Guernsey.  Sighting reported by Bertram E.B. Bree, Jersey.

Devon, Mouth of River Dart
A group of 20-30 Bottlenose Dolphin including young were seen at the mouth of the River Dart.  Sighting reported by Ian Noble, skipper of Samuel Irvin III of Dartmouth.

Mid-Channel, ~36nm SE of Start Point
4 Balearic Shearwater briefly investigated the boat and then left NE. Sighting reported by Mark Darlaston.

Balearic Shearwater

Dorset, Portland
3 Balearic Shearwater sightings, 1 Sooty Shearwater and 1 Manx Shearwater were the species highlights recorded by Fiona McNie during an Opportunistic Survey on board Supanova of Weymouth with skipper Lyle Stantiford.

Cornwall, Looe
27 European Storm-petrel, 6 Manx Shearwater, 1 scavenging Balearic Shearwater and a brief sighting of a group of 4 - 6 Risso's Dolphin were the species highlights recorded by David Curtis during an Opportunistic Survey on board Swallow of Looe with skipper Murray Collings.

Cornwall, Kennack Bay
3 Harbour Porpoise were encountered ~3nm East of Cadgwith during an angling trip on the Blue Pointer. Sighting reported by Dan Gardner, skipper of Blue Pointer of Helford.

Dorset, West Bay
1 Balearic Shearwater seen at 10:30am flying around the angling boat Christine Anne 5.3nm SSE of West Bay. Sighting reported by Tony Smith, skipper of Christine Anne of West Bay.

Dorset, Portland Bill - Chesil Cove
1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 European Storm-petrel, 2 Fulmar, 1 Yellow-legged Gull were recorded by James McCarthy during an Opportunistic Survey on board Top Cat of Weymouth with skipper Ivan Wellington.

Brittany, Bay of Lannion
750-800 Balearic Shearwater in the Bay of Lannion, Brittany on the 8th August seen by Laurent Thebault, Ewen de Kergariou and Jean Yves Provost.

Balearic Shearwaters feeding frenzy in the Bay of Lannion, Brittany on 8th August 2010.
Filmed by Laurent Thebault.

Marinelife/Naturetrek Evening Pelagic off Portland/The Shambles Bank
8 Balearic Shearwater around the Tiger Lily giving fantastic views in very good light, plus 1 Great Skua, 1 Common Tern, 1 Mediterrean Gull and 12 Common Scoter being the other highlights recorded by James Phillips and Simon Hartill during an Opportunistic Survey on board Tiger Lily with skipper Chris Caines. 

Devon, Lyme Bay, mouth of River Exe
A pod of 12-15 Bottlenose Dolphin with at least one young individual was seen at the approach to Exmouth during an afternoon angling trip.  Sighting reported by Ann Deem of Blue Thunder Angling Charters, Exmouth.


Devon, Start Point
3 Risso's Dolphin (fairly well out) heading N at 07:15, 8 Bottlenose Dolphin close in heading SW at 16:40, 60 Balearic Shearwater (including one very pale Balearic), 5 Sooty Shearwater, 321 Manx Shearwater, 3 Puffin, 3 Great Skua, 629 Gannet, 60 Kittiwake (6 juvenile), 63 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, and 2 Little Tern recorded during a land-based watch between 0700-1800 by Mark Darlaston.

Common Tern

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