Yesterday I decided to visit birds rock again to get some more bird footage. However, I got rather distracted. As soon as I got there, I spotted dolphins. I was going to still head on, until it leapt in the air! As it turned out, my decision to stay was a good idea – I spent three hours sat in the same spot as dolphins continually foraged and played totally unaware of my presence. And to make things even better, a seal turned up as well! That was my best dolphin encounter so far. That is, until today…
Today was utterly incredible, and I will remember it always. I just hope I don’t start taking further encounters like it for granted!
It was the first dedicated boat survey since I’ve arrived due to weather conditions and skipper availability. On a dedicated survey, most of the Sea Watch team go out on Dunbar, and since we are collecting scientific data for conservation purposes, we have a different code of conduct to follow; aka we are allowed to change course to stay near the dolphins. Aside from good data and photo ID, it results in lots of opportunity to film dolphins really close up. I don’t know whether it’s just because we can stay with them longer, but they seem more happy to come up to the boat and jump around than near tourist boats.
The boat left at 9am, but unfortunately I had to walk in for an hour today since my car-windscreen-chip is FINALLY being repaired. I hope. I was a nice day for a walk, but it was along fast roads with no pavements, carrying two heavy rucksacks and a tripod! Once on the boat, we had a number of encounters (the first almost immediately), with there being around 14 dolphins at some points, swimming at the sides of the boat. There was also some bow riding, and at one stage there were many of them leaping in the air. I just hope the footage I got was good; it was definitely mind-blowing to watch. Another success: we managed not to get hit by rockets being launched from the army base at aber-porth.