The pot of (White-beaked) gold at the end of the rainbow; NEWT’s North Sea Pelagic 01/08/2014

by on Aug.07, 2014, under North Sea, Northumberland

Our penultimate evening pelagic had near perfect conditions, calm seas, good visibility – and recent sightings of White-beaked Dolphins in our regular search area…

Puffins, Guillemots, Kittiwakes, Gannets and Fulmars were expected, but we had a real surprise in the shape of three Harbour Porpoises.  In proper porpoise style they didn’t approach the boat, but they didn’t beat a hasty retreat either so everyone managed to see them.   We began making our way back south, closer to the shore, but there was still no sign of any dolphins.  An interesting sunset over St Mary’s generated a rainbow over the mouth of the Tyne and a remarkable ethereal atmosphere with the quite flat water.

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Then, as we approached the mouth of the river, Allan spotted something splashing between the piers.  Might be Harbour Porpoise?  Might be Sea Trout or Salmon?  No, neither of those, as two White-beaked Dolphins breached at the entrance to the Tyne and then swam across in front of us and back again before heading offshore, as daylight faded to black 🙂

 

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