Sunday, January 31, 2016

January 2016 sighting statistics

The first month of 2016 has come to an end, which brings us to the time of our monthly sighting statistics. The past month has been tough for us weather-wise so we could not go out on the water many days. In total we went out 9 days, but the good part is we saw cetaceans on every one of these tours. We are continuing our roll from last year of 100% success rate, seeing at least one dolphin or whale species during every tour. The species encountered this past month, in order of most sighted, were common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, sperm whales and striped dolphins. At the end of the month we also had an encounter with a mystery baleen whale species. We did not see this whale well so we can't confirm the species, but it looked to be either a humpback whale or a minke whale. As the beginning of the spring approaches we can look forward to the migration of more baleen whales, mostly fin whales, blue whales and sei whales. It shouldn't be too long now before they start to arrive. Other species we encountered during January include several seabirds, such as yellow-legged gulls, great skuas, northern gannets and black-legged kittiwakes, as well as a few loggerhead turtles.

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