MARINElife Survey Report: Condor Ferries ‘Commodore Goodwill’ Portsmouth-Jersey 17 - 18 December 2015

Peter Jones and Mark Beeston, Research Surveyors for MARINElife

Weather: South-westerly wind force 4-5. Significant swell, but good visibility.

Summary of sightings
Marine mammals
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 1

Seabirds
Gannet Morus bassanus 18
Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis 18
Common Gull Larus canus 17
Herring Gull Larus argentatus 10
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus 10
Little Gull Larus minutus 2
Mediterranean Gull Ichthyaetus melanocephalus 5
Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla 16
Guillemot Uria aalge 36
Razorbill Alca torda 7
Gull sp. 50

We were rapidly escorted aboard by the friendly Condor Ferries staff and on leaving Portsmouth were treated to a fine meal before heading to our cabins for the outward crossing overnight.

The ship was docked in Jersey as we awoke, and we were invited to the bridge for the survey which commenced on departure from Jersey in fairly overcast conditions.

Gannet Adrian Shephard 09

Gannet (Adrian Shephard)

A winter plumage Mediterranean Gull was seen close to the harbour along with several Shag and Guillemot.

As we headed further out to sea, more Guillemot were seen with a few Kittiwake, Gannet, and Razorbill. An hour into the survey, the only cetacean of the trip was spotted: A Harbour Porpoise seen briefly.

Two winter plumage Little Gull were a nice sight, and as we headed towards the Isle of Wight, with gulls dominating the sightings including Mediterranean Gull and Common Gull amongst the larger number of Herring Gull.

Herring Gull Winter Adrian Shephard 04

Herring Gull (Adrian Shephard)

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

 


Peter Jones and Mark Beeston, Research Surveyors for MARINElife