Marinelife Survey Report: Poole-Santander 'Cotentin' 16 - 18 January 2010

Peter Howlett, David Chilcott, MARINElife Research Surveyors
Weather: Southbound SW-W 6-7, large swell, especially in western Channel, SE 2 in Biscay. Northbound E 2 with large swell in Biscay, SSW 2 in Channel

Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris 6
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 12
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 250
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 1
Unidentified Dolphin species 12

Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis 4
Gannet Morus bassanus 122
Great Skua Stercorarius skua 16
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus 1
Herring Gull Larus argentatus 5
Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis 18
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus 8
Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla 45
Guillemot Uria aalge 68
Razorbill Alca torda 37
Unidentified Petrel species 1
Unidentified Auk species 100

Most of the Short-beaked Common Dolphin were seen in the Channel south of Start Point, including one spread out group of 130 animals.