While the sun came out to see us off, the temperature on land was -5 deg C, and as we headed 35 miles out, the horizon to our south grew darker and darker. And the sea got rougher and rougher! Eventually a blizzard hit.
The good news is that the weather cleared after half an hour and the survey continued.
Red-throated Diver - 2 leaving the harbour and 1 about 25 mile out.
Guillemot - numerous
Great Black-backed Gull
Gannet - numerous
Carrion Crow (heading out to Coquet Island)
One possible dolphin - a blow and a fin were seen by the skipper.
Martin 'Pelagic' Kitching hastily writes his Last Will and Testament.
Hardcore ;-) Serious science, and a real North Sea experience as well. I'm going to be spending a lot of my 'free' time on boats in the North Sea this year to continue mapping cetacean/seabird distribution off our coast...and I can't think of a better way to spend my 'working' life :-)ReplyDelete