Portsmouth to Bilbao (Ended Sept 2010)

Recent Sightings

WLO Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 23 - 25 September 2010

Posted 26 September 2010

Emma Webb, Wildlife Officer, Marinelife Community and Operations Officer

Fin Whale Balaenoptera physalus 2
Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata 2
Sperm Whale Physeter macrocephalus 1
Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris 4
Long-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala melas 11
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 218
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 8
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 4
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 7
Rorqual sp. 4
Beaked Whale sp. 2 (1 large, 1 small)

Ocean Sunfish Mola mola 18
Large Tuna Thunnus sp. 2

Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis 10
Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus 8
Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus 92
Balearic Shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus 3
European Storm-petrel Hydrobates pelagicus 33
Leach's Storm-petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa 5
Gannet Morus bassanus 380
Red (Grey) Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius 1
Great Skua Stercorarius skua 98
Pomarine Skua Stercorarius pomarinus 2
Parasitic (Arctic) Skua Stercorarius parasiticus 14
Long-tailed Skua Stercorarius longicaudus 4
Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla 1
Sabine's Gull Larus sabini 67
Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis 2
Common Tern Sterna hirundo 2
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea 5

BDRP Whale & Dolphin Themed Cruise: Portsmouth-Bilbao 20 - 22 September 2010

Posted 23 September 2010

John Arnott, Emma Webb, Tom Brereton, Fraser Paterson, Laura Fletcher, Andrew Boulden, Hugh Venables

Fin Whale Balaenoptera physalus 9
Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata 7
Sperm Whale Physeter macrocephalus 4
Northern Bottlenose Whale Hyperoodon ampullatus 1
Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris 7
Long-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala melas 119
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 282
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 212
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 32
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 70
Rorqual sp. 37
Dolphin sp. 395

Ocean Sunfish Mola mola 6
Shark sp. 3
Tuna Thunnus sp.

Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus 2
Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus 40
Balearic Shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus 3
European Storm-petrel Hydrobates pelagicus 12
Wilson's Storm-petrel Oceanites oceanicus 1
Leach's Storm-petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa 3
Gannet Morus bassanus 237
Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo 1
Red (Grey) Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius 3
Great Skua Stercorarius skua 40
Pomarine Skua Stercorarius pomarinus 1
Parasitic (Arctic) Skua Stercorarius parasiticus 4
Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus 3
Yellow-legged Gull Larus cachinnans 1120
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus 17
Sabine's Gull Larus sabini 3
Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis 1
Common Tern Sterna hirundo 3
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea 2
'Commic' Tern Sterna hirundo/paradisaea 100
Black Tern Chlidonias niger 5
Guillemot Uria aalge 1
Skua sp. 7

BDRP Whale & Dolphin Themed Cruise: Portsmouth-Bilbao 17 - 19 September 2010

Posted 20 September 2010

Clive Martin, John Arnott, Emma Webb, James Phillips, Laura Fletcher, Adrian Shephard, Mike Bailey, Jo Wharam, Russell Neave

Fin Whale Balaenoptera physalus 14
Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata 7
Sperm Whale Physeter macrocephalus 20
Long-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala melas 77
Killer Whale Orcinus orca 5
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 909
Risso's Dolphin Grampus griseus 8
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 186
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 127
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 151
Rorqual sp. 51
Dolphin sp. 205

Ocean Sunfish Mola mola 7, Shark Sp. 3

Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis 2
Cory's Shearwater Calonectris diomedea 1
Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus 1
Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus 11
European Storm-petrel Hydrobates pelagicus 16
Petrel sp. 7, Gannet Morus bassanus 2300+
Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo 5
Common Scoter Melanitta nigra 1
Red (Grey) Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius 29
Great Skua Stercorarius skua 86
Parasitic (Arctic) Skua Stercorarius parasiticus 5
Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus 5
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus 2
Little Gull Larus minutus 1
Sabine's Gull Larus sabini 16
Common Tern Sterna hirundo 8
'Commic' Tern Sterna hirundo/paradisaea 60
Guillemot Uria aalge 4
Razorbill Alca torda 2

Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 11
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia 66
Little Stint Calidris minuta 2
Sky Lark Alauda arvensis 15
Sand Martin Riparia riparia 1
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 1
Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis 2
Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis 33
Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava 1
Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea 2
White / Pied Wagtail Motacilla alba 8
Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe 1
Common Whitethroat Sylvia communis 1
Garden Warbler Sylvia borin 1
White Stork Ciconia ciconia 2

Red Admiral
Large White

BDRP Survey Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 20 - 23 August 2010

Posted 24 August 2010

Russell Neave, Andy Philips

Sperm Whale Physeter macrocephalus 12
Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris 9
Long-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala melas 47
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 201
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 21
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 31
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 27
Large Rorqual sp. 1
Dolphin sp. 36

Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis 6
Cory's Shearwater Calonectris diomedea 62
Great Shearwater Puffinus gravis 5
Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus 1
Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus 4
European Storm-petrel Hydrobates pelagicus 13
Gannet Morus bassanus 250
Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo 1
Great Skua Stercorarius skua 6
Long-tailed Skua Stercorarius longicaudus 1
Herring Gull Larus argentatus 1
Yellow-legged Gull Larus cachinnans 2
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus 10
Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla 1
Sabine's Gull Larus sabini 8
Common Tern Sterna hirundo 2
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea 22
Black Tern Chlidonias niger 1
Puffin Fratercula arctica 1
Guillemot Uria aalge 1
Tern sp. 2
Large Gull sp. 2

Sanderling Calidris alba 1
Dunlin Calidris alpina 1
Sand Martin Riparia riparia 1

WLO Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 15 - 17 August 2010

Posted 18 August 2010

John Arnott, Wildlife Officer, Research Teams Manager
Weather: Southbound NE-NNW 5, Northbound N 2-1

Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata 2
Sperm Whale Physeter macrocephalus 6
Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris 3
Long-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala melas 37
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 381
Risso's Dolphin Grampus griseus 2
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 240
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 2
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 45
Rorqual sp. 1
Beaked Whale sp. 5
Dolphin sp. 6

Ocean Sunfish Mola mola 2

WLO Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 6 - 8 August 2010

Posted 09 August 2010

John Arnott, Wildlife Officer, Research Teams Manager
Weather: Southbound SW 5-2, Northbound NNE-NNW 2-4

Fin Whale Balaenoptera physalus 1
Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata 1
Sperm Whale Physeter macrocephalus 23
Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris 1
Long-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala melas 21
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 1302
Risso's Dolphin Grampus griseus 3
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 57
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 115
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 4
Rorqual sp. 7
Beaked Whale sp. 1
Dolphin sp. 342

Ocean Sunfish Mola mola 4
Basking Shark Cetorhinus maximus 1

WLO Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 3 - 5 August 2010

Posted 06 August 2010

John Arnott, Wildlife Officer, Research Teams Manager
Weather: Southbound WNW - WSW 3-4, Northbound NW 5-6

Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata 1
Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris 2
Long-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala melas 9
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 533
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 4
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 4
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 5
Whale sp. breach 1 (possible Sperm Whale)
Beaked Whale sp. 3

Ocean Sunfish Mola mola 2

WLO Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 31 July - 2 August 2010

Posted 03 August 2010

Clive Martin, Senior Wildlife Officer, and Martin Gillingham, BDRP Researcher 
Weather: Southbound NW 3, Northbound NW 2-3

Fin Whale Balaenoptera physalus 2
Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata 6
Sperm Whale Physeter macrocephalus 3
Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris 10
Long-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala melas 38
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 1061
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 102
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 19
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 30
Large Rorqual sp. 2
Beaked Whale Sp. 2

WLO Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 28 - 30 July 2010

Posted 31 July 2010

Clive Martin, Senior Wildlife Officer
Weather: Southbound NW 3, Northbound NW 3-4, 0 in the English Channel

Fin Whale Balaenoptera physalus 2
Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata 3 (1 breached 12 times)
Sperm Whale Physeter macrocephalus 2
Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris 1
Long-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala melas 8
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 491
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 97
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 14
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 68

WLO Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 25 - 27 July 2010

Posted 28 July 2010

John Arnott, BDRP Wildlife Officer, Research Teams Manager
Weather: Southbound WNW - NNW 2-4, Northbound NNW 2-4

Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata 2
Pygmy/Dwarf Sperm Whale Kogia sp. 1
Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris 17
Long-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala melas 17
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 262
Risso's Dolphin Grampus griseus 3
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 140
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 2
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 12
Rorqual sp. blow 1
Beaked Whale sp. 1
Dolphin sp. 20

Ocean Sunfish Mola mola 1

BDRP Survey Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 25 - 27 July 2010

Posted 28 July 2010

Mike Bailey, Laura Fletcher, BDRP Research Surveyors

Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata 1
Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris 4
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 178
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 129
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 2
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 9
Dolphin sp. 9

Ocean Sunfish Mola mola 1

Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis 9
Cory's Shearwater Calonectris diomedea 1
Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus 2
Balearic Shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus 3
European Storm-petrel Hydrobates pelagicus 3
Gannet Morus bassanus 303
Great Skua Stercorarius skua 3
Herring Gull Larus argentatus 17
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus 27
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus 13
Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla 2
Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis 2

 

BDRP Whale & Dolphin Themed Cruise: Portsmouth-Bilbao 13 - 15 July 2010

Posted 16 July 2010

Emma Webb, John Arnott, Jackie Smith, Martin Gillingham, Darren Fanner, Andrew Boulden, Amy Tinson
Weather: Southbound SSW 2-6, Northbound NW 7-9 to SW 8-3

Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata 1
Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris 1
Long-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala melas 4
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 17
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 2
Large Whale sp. 1
Dolphin sp. 14

Ocean Sunfish Mola mola 7

Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis 3
Cory's Shearwater Calonectris diomedea 12
Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus 1
Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus 1
Balearic Shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus 2
Gannet Morus bassanus 48
Great Skua Stercorarius skua 1
Yellow-legged Gull Larus cachinnans 2
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus 1
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus 1
Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla 2
Gull sp. 40

BDRP Whale & Dolphin Themed Cruise: Portsmouth-Bilbao 10 - 12 July 2010

Posted 13 July 2010

Emma Webb, John Arnott, Adrian Shephard, Martin Gillingham, Andrew Boulden, Rebecca Scott

Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata 2
Sowerby's Beaked Whale Mesoplodon bidens 8
Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris 7
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 30
Risso's Dolphin Grampus griseus 2
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 270
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 17
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 4
Beaked Whale sp. 1
Dolphin sp. 13

Ocean Sunfish Mola mola 4
Shark sp. 1
Billfish sp. 1

WLO Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 7 - 9 July 2010

Posted 10 July 2010

John Arnott, Wildlife Officer, Research Teams Manager
Weather: Southbound SW-N 1-4, Northbound WNW-ENE 3-5

Long-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala melas 16
Killer Whale Orcinus orca 2
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 184
Beaked Whale sp. 1

Ocean Sunfish Mola mola 2

WLO Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 4 - 6 July 2010

Posted 07 July 2010

Clive Martin, Senior Wildlife Officer
Weather: Southbound SW 4-2, Northbound N 1-4

Fin Whale Balaenoptera physalus 2
Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata 2
Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris 7+
Long-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala melas 19
Killer Whale Orcinus orca 8
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 93
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 310
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 200+
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 21
Beaked Whale sp. 9
Dolphin sp. 6

Ocean Sunfish Mola mola 20+

1 dead Humpback Whale reported from the M.V. Minerva

WLO Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 1 - 3 July 2010

Posted 04 July 2010

Clive Martin, Senior Wildlife Officer
Weather: Southbound W-SW 5 mainly 3, Northbound NW 2-5

Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata 3
Dwarf/Pygmy Sperm Whale Kogia Sp. 4
Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris 1
Long-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala melas 32
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 182
Risso's Dolphin Grampus griseus 6
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 410
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 12
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 8

Ocean Sunfish Mola mola 20+
Shark sp. 1

WLO Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 28 - 30 June 2010

Posted 01 July 2010

Clive Martin, Senior Wildlife Officer
Weather: Southbound N 0-2, Northbound NW 2-3

Fin Whale Balaenoptera physalus 1
Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata 1
Sperm Whale Physeter macrocephalus 3 (2 animals breaching, tailsmacking and spyhopping)
Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris 8
Long-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala melas 5
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 165
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 176
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 10
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 14

Ocean Sunfish Mola mola 11

WLO Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 25 - 27 June 2010

Posted 28 June 2010

John Arnott, Wildlife Officer, Research Teams Manager
Weather: Southbound NW-E 0-3, Northbound NW-NNE 1-2

Fin Whale Balaenoptera physalus 1
Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata 3
Sperm Whale Physeter macrocephalus 2
Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris 2
Long-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala melas 22
Killer Whale Orcinus orca 6
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 193
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 458
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 25
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 18
Medium Whale sp. breach 2
Dolphin sp. 218

Ocean Sunfish Mola mola 11

WLO Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 22 - 24 June 2010

Posted 25 June 2010

Clive Martin, Senior Wildlife Officer
Weather: Southbound E 0-2, Northbound NNE 2

Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata 1
Sowerby's Beaked Whale Mesoplodon bidens 1 breaching
Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris 5
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 500+
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 61
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 40
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 4
Dolphin sp. 180

Ocean Sunfish Mola mola 1

WLO Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 19 - 21 June 2010

Posted 22 June 2010

Clive Martin, BDRP Senior Wildlife Officer
Weather: Southbound NNE 3-5, Northbound NNE 3-4

Fin Whale Balaenoptera physalus 1
Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris 6
Long-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala melas 68
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 59
Risso's Dolphin Grampus griseus 1
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 209
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 10
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 30+
Dolphin sp. 36

Ocean Sunfish Mola mola 1
Basking Shark Cetorhinus maximus 1

Survey Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 19 - 21 June 2010

Posted 22 June 2010

James McCarthy & Ann-Marie Barnard, BDRP Research Surveyors
Weather: Southbound NNE 3-5, Northbound NNE 3-4

Fin Whale Balaenoptera physalus 1
Long-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala melas 60+
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 732
Risso's Dolphin Grampus griseus 1
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 161
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 12
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 25
Dolphin sp. 60

Ocean Sunfish Mola mola 3
Basking Shark Cetorhinus maximus 1

Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis 37
Cory's Shearwater Calonectris diomedea 7
Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus 17
Gannet Morus bassanus 824
Great Skua Stercorarius skua 3
Pomarine Skua Stercorarius pomarinus 1
Herring Gull Larus argentatus 35
Yellow-legged Gull Larus cachinnans 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus 68
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus 67
Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla 2
Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis 3
'Commic' Tern Sterna hirundo/paradisaea 7
Auk sp. 1
Large Gull sp. 673

Feral Pigeon Columba livia 26
Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto 2
European Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur 1
Common Swift Apus apus 6

WLO Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 16 - 18 June 2010

Posted 19 June 2010

Emma Webb, Wildlife Officer, Marinelife Community and Operations Officer
Weather: Southbound NE 8-5, Northbound NE to NNW 4-2 & NNE 1

Long-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala melas 7
Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 485
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 40
Beaked Whale sp. 1
Dolphin sp. 18

Ocean Sunfish Mola mola 1

WLO Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 12 - 15 June 2010

Posted 16 June 2010

Clive Martin, BDRP Senior Wildlife Officer
Weather: Southbound 2 - NW 4, Northbound NW-NNW 4-7

Fin Whale Balaenoptera physalus 2
Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata 1
Sperm Whale Physeter macrocephalus 5
Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris 1
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 612
Risso's Dolphin Grampus griseus 2
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 32
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 8
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 8
Large Rorqual sp. 5

WLO Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 9 - 12 June 2010

Posted 13 June 2010

Clive Martin, BDRP Senior Wildlife Officer
Weather: Southbound ENE 6-7 heavy rain squalls, Northbound W 4 heavy rain squalls

Fin Whale Balaenoptera physalus 3
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 193
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 15
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 6

WLO Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 7 - 9 June 2010

Posted 10 June 2010

Emma Webb, Wildlife Officer, Marinelife Community and Operations Officer
Weather: Southbound S-WSW 5 heavy rain, Northbound NNW 1 - WSW 3

Fin Whale Balaenoptera physalus 6
Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata 1
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 151
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 135
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 10
Large Rorqual sp. 7
Dolphin sp. 102

Ocean Sunfish Mola mola 1

WLO Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 4 - 6 June 2010

Posted 07 June 2010

Emma Webb, Wildlife Officer, Marinelife Community and Operations Officer
Weather: Southbound W 0-1 to NNE 2-1, Northbound NNW 1 to N 2/3 to NNW3

Fin Whale Balaenoptera physalus 25
Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata 4
Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris 8
Long-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala melas 38
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 650
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 299
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 52
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 28
Large Rorqual sp. 11
Beaked Whale sp. 1
Dead Whale sp. 1
Dolphin sp. 479

Ocean Sunfish Mola mola 1
Basking Shark Cetorhinus maximus 1

WLO Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 1 - 3 June 2010

Posted 04 June 2010

Clive Martin, Senior Wildlife Officer
Weather: Southbound W 4-5

Fin Whale Balaenoptera physalus 10
Sperm Whale Physeter macrocephalus 1
Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris 2
Long-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala melas 27
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 250
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 9
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 10
Dolphin sp. 50

Basking Shark Cetorhinus maximus 1

WLO Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 28 - 31 May 2010

Posted 01 June 2010

Clive Martin, Senior Wildlife Officer
Weather: Southbound SW 6-7, Northbound W 4

Fin Whale Balaenoptera physalus 9
Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata 1
Sperm Whale Physeter macrocephalus 2
Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris 1
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 40
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 19
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 8

WLO Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 22 - 24 May 2010

Posted 25 May 2010

Clive Martin, Senior Wildlife Officer
Weather: Southbound E 3, Northbound E 3-1

Fin Whale
Balaenoptera physalus 12
Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata 2
Sowerby's Beaked Whale Mesoplodon bidens 5
Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris 2
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 202
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 210
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 20
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 18
Rorqual sp. 11
Small Blackfish sp. 2 (possible)

Ocean Sunfish Mola mola 1

Survey Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 22 - 24 May 2010

Posted 25 May 2010

Adrian Shephard & Durwyn Liley, BDRP Research Surveyors 
Weather: Southbound E 3, Northbound E 3-1

Fin Whale Balaenoptera physalus 10
Sowerby's Beaked Whale Mesoplodon bidens 5
Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris 1
Long-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala melas 19
Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 196
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 105
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 20
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 17
Rorqual sp. 10
Dolphin sp. 8

Ocean Sunfish Mola mola 1

Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis 34
Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus 12
European Storm-petrel Hydrobates pelagicus 3
Gannet Morus bassanus 451
Great Skua Stercorarius skua 8
Common Gull Larus canus 1
Herring Gull Larus argentatus 32
Yellow-legged Gull Larus cachinnans 6
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus 191
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus 31
Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla 6
Guillemot Uria aalge 9
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 4
Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula 8
Red Knot Calidris canutus 13
Common Redshank Tringa totanus 5
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres 4
Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto 17
European Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur 3
Common Swift Apus apus 8
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 13
Gull sp. 1
Black-backed Gull sp. 30

WLO Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 17 - 20 May 2010

Posted 21 May 2010

Clive Martin, Senior Wildlife Officer
Weather: Southbound W 2-3, Northbound NW 2-0

Fin Whale
Balaenoptera physalus 6
Sperm Whale Physeter macrocephalus 4
Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris 11
Long-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala melas 9
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 114
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 22
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 13
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 30
Rorqual Sp. 1
Dolphin Sp. 20

Basking Shark Cetorhinus maximus 3

WLO Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 15 - 17 May 2010

Posted 18 May 2010

Clive Martin, Senior Wildlife Officer
Weather: Southbound NW 2-4, Northbound NW 2-4

Fin Whale
Balaenoptera physalus 6
Sperm Whale Physeter macrocephalus 3
Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris 1
Long-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala melas 9
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 239
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 20

WLO Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 11 - 13 May 2010

Posted 14 May 2010

Clive Martin, Senior Wildlife Officer
Weather: Southbound NE 4-6, Northbound NE 4-6

Fin Whale
Balaenoptera physalus 5
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 189
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 6
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 3

WLO Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 8 - 10 May 2010

Posted 11 May 2010

John Arnott, BDRP Wildlife Officer, Research Teams Manager
Weather: Southbound ENE to E 5-1, Northbound SSE to ENE 2-5

Sperm Whale
Physeter macrocephalus 5
Long-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala melas 1
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 173
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 41
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 45
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 1
Dolphin sp. 27

WLO Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 4 - 6 May 2010

Posted 07 May 2010

Emma Webb, BDRP Wildlife Officer, Marinelife Community and Operations Officer
Weather: Southbound N to NNE 6, Northbound NNW to N 6/7

Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 47
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 1
Rorqual sp. 3
Dolphin sp. 11

WLO Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 1 - 3 May 2010

Posted 04 May 2010

John Arnott, Wildlife Officer, Research Teams Manager
Weather: Southbound WSW-W 3, Northbound NW-NNW 5

Fin Whale Balaenoptera physalus 4
Long-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala melas 8
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 28
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 62
Rorqual sp. 4
Medium Whale Breach 1
Dolphin sp. 40
Ocean Sunfish Mola mola 1

WLO Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 27 - 29 April 2010

Posted 30 April 2010

Emma Webb, Wildlife Officer, Marinelife Community and Operations Officer
Weather: Southbound SSE 2 to SE 3, Northbound ENE to E 2-0

Fin Whale Balaenoptera physalus 1
Sperm Whale Physeter macrocephalus 2
Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris 2
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 35
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 166
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 5
Beaked Whale sp. 1
Dolphin sp. 41

WLO Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 24 - 26 April 2010

Posted 27 April 2010

Clive Martin, Senior Wildlife Officer
Weather: Southbound SE-S 3, Northbound NE 2-0-3

Fin Whale Balaenoptera physalus 10
Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata 2
Sperm Whale Physeter macrocephalus 8
Northern Bottlenose Whale Hyperoodon ampullatus 9
Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris 9
Long-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala melas 177
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 523
Risso's Dolphin Grampus griseus 11
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 130
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 60
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 3
Rorqual sp. 1
Blackfish sp. 2 (Possible False Killer Whale)

BDRP Survey Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 24 - 26 April 2010

Posted 27 April 2010

Peter Howlett & Maggie Gamble, BDRP Research Surveyors
Weather: Southbound SE-S 3, Northbound NE 2-0-3

Fin Whale Balaenoptera physalus 7
Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata 1 + 1 probable
Sperm Whale Physeter macrocephalus 6 including calf
Northern Bottlenose Whale Hyperoodon ampullatus 9 with at least one juvenile
Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris 9
Long-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala melas 135 + 1 probable
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 647 + 50 probable
Risso's Dolphin Grampus griseus 11
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 132
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 60
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 3
Large Rorqual sp. 1
Blackfish sp. 4
Whale blow 1
Small Dolphin sp. 202
Basking Shark Cetorhinus maximus 1 (c 10m in length)
Grey Seal Halichoerus grypus 1

Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis 24
Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus 5
Gannet Morus bassanus 504
Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo 4
European Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis 2
Great Skua Stercorarius skua 19
Parasitic (Arctic) Skua Stercorarius parasiticus 1
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus 1
Herring Gull Larus argentatus 5
Yellow-legged Gull Larus cachinnans 2
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus 65
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus 54
Little Gull Larus minutus 12
Sabine's Gull Larus sabini 4
Little Tern Sterna albifrons 39
Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis 2
Common Tern Sterna hirundo 1
'Commic' Tern Sterna hirundo/paradisaea 10
Auk sp. 8,
Large gull sp. 4

Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto 2
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 82
House Martin Delichon urbica 1
Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava 4
Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis 2

WLO Report: Portsmouth-Bilbao 20 - 22 April 2010

Posted 23 April 2010

Clive Martin, Senior Wildlife Officer
Weather: Southbound NW 2-3, Northbound NW 2-4

Fin Whale Balaenoptera physalus 1
Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata 3
Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris 3
Long-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala melas 15
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 4
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 40