MARINElife blog: DFDS Seaways Cote d'Albatre Newhaven-Dieppe 8 August 2015

Keith Morgan and Fraser Paterson, Research Surveyors for MARINElife (Registered Charity No. 1110884; Registered Company No. 5057367)

Summary of sightings:

Marine Mammals
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 5
Risso's Dolphin Grampus griseus 10

Seabirds
Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus 1
Balearic Shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus 3
Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus 3
Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis 9
Gannet Morus bassanus 135
Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo 4
Great Skua Stercorarius skua 2
Pomarine Skua Stercorarius pomarinus 1

Herring Gull Larus argentatus 59
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus 38
Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis 5
Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla 8
Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus 1
Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis 22
Gull sp. 139
Commic Tern 1
Skua sp. 1

We had a friendly welcome on board the Cote d'Albatre and a fine bright calm day for our crossings.

There were a good variety of seabirds, with Gannet and Herring Gull the most numerous and Yellow- legged Gull, Fulmer and Kittiwake coming up close. The largest single group was 50+ gulls and Gannet whose interest was caught by events around a sport fishing boat off to starboard as we headed to France. Among the less common species, Sooty Shearwater and a Pomarine Skua were good to see.

Rissos Dolphin Peter Howlett 03
Risso's Dolphin (Archive photo: Peter Howlett)

In Dieppe, the beach was an attraction for many human visitors although the birds favoured the harbour wall - or the mooring rope of the Cote d'Albatre once we tied up!  A craft and produce fair was setting up alongside the port and was sure to be enjoyed by the crowds of people enjoying the warm sunshine.

There were 3 separate sightings of Harbour Porpoise on our outward leg and two groups of Risso's Dolphin leaping and splashing along on our return.

We would like to thank the Captain and the crew for their continued generous support and hospitality.