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MARINElife survey report: Condor Ferries 'Condor Vitesse' Weymouth – Jersey 16th February 2014

Posted 21 February 2014

Peter Jones and  Sally Stewart-Moore, Research Surveyors for MARINElife

Weather: South-Westerly wind force 5-6. Sea state 2-3, Good visibility with glare at times.

Summary of Species Recorded

Marine Mammals:
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 2
Unidentified Dolphin Sp. 10

Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis 4
Gannet Morus bassanus 31
Great Skua Stercorarius skua 3
Herring Gull Larus argentatus 3
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus 3
Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla 3
Guillemot Uria aalge 27
Large Gull Sp. 2
Diver Sp. 1

After observing two Great Northern Divers in Weymouth Harbour, we were swiftly escorted aboard by the friendly Condor Ferries staff. We left Weymouth on schedule and headed to the bridge to start our survey. After the recent stormy weather across the UK, we were both looking forward to this survey in relatively calm seas.

Gannet 07 Carol Farmer-Wright
Gannet (Photo: Carol Farmer-Wright)

Once in the Channel, we started to see a number of single Guillemot drifting past the ferry, together with a couple of Great Skua and a small number of Gannet. Midway across the Channel we spotted two Harbour Porpoises with brief views as they fast swam away from the ferry. Further into the survey we saw a small pod of approximately 10 dolphins, but unfortunately the views were very brief and they evaded identification.

Kittiwake Peter Jones









Kittiwake (Photo: Peter Jones)

On arrival at Guernsey, we were treated to excellent views of Shag and a brief glimpse of a Razorbill before the second leg of the survey from Guernsey to Jersey. On this leg we added Fulmar, Kittiwake, Herring Gull and Great Black-backed Gull. Jersey Harbour had 2 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Peregrine Falcon, and a Great-crested Grebe. On the final leg of the survey from Jersey to Guernsey, we saw Fulmar and Kittiwake before the light faded.

We concluded our survey on arrival back in Weymouth and thanked the Captain and his staff for their hospitality throughout the day, before heading ashore.


Peter Jones and Sally Stewart-Moore, Research Surveyors for MARINElife