Minke whale St Davids Pembrokeshire Wales

2009 whale and dolphin sightings

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14th May   2 pods of common dolphins, about 140 in total, lots of females with young.  Grassholm gannet coloney was spectacular.  Saw a large of variety of seabirds, puffins, shearwaters, guillimots, razorbills.
20th May    20 to 30 common dolphins swiming with the boat for quite some time.  Grassholm gannet coloney was spectacular.  Lots of Atlantic Grey Seals, puffins, shearwaters, guillimots, razorbills.
20th May    Porpoise, Atlantic Grey Seals, lots of gannet activity on Grassholm and offshore.  Plenty of puffins and shearwaters.
28th May    Basking Shark about 18 ft long back and forth underneath the boat and swimming along the side of the boat for a while.  100’s of common dolphins, lots of females with young. Gannets, Puffins, shearwaters, guillimots, razorbills.
29th May   3 Orca swimming with the boat, the male Orca, named John Coe is a regular visitor to the area and had been seen by the passengers on Ocean Ranger for the past 3 years.  John Coe was travelling with two females this year although he has been seen travelling with 8 females and young in the past so other orca may have been in the area.   30 to 40 common dolphins, swimming and bow riding in front of the boat.
30th May    Large feeding frenzie of gannets and shearwaters.  Porpoise and atlantic grey seals
31st May 2 pods of common dolphins, about 40 in each pod, some youngsters.  Lots of puffins.
1st June 3 pods of common dolphins, largest pod 100+.  About 12 porpoise and a feeding frenzie of gannets and shearwaters.
2nd June   1 Basking Shark, 1 Orca and 100’s of common dolphins
3rd June   Basking Shark and 2 pods of common dolphins, about 20 per pod
3rd June   Grassholm gannet coloney very spectacular, plenty of Puffins and Shearwaters and atlantic Grey Seals
9th June   100’s of common dolphins, some bow riding in front of the boat for a long time.  Lots of variety of seabirds,
10th June   2 pods of common dolphins, about 60 in total, females with young.  lots of puffins, shearwaters, guillimots, razorbills.
11th June   2 Porpoise, lots of seals and Puffins
14th June   Between 20 and 40 common dolphins, lots of puffins and seals
14th June   Minki Whale, breached the surface a couple of  times before dissappearing.  10 to 20 common dolphins, puffins and 100’s of shearwaters feeding on the fish around the Minki Whale
15th June   About 8 Rissos Dolphins swimming, bow riding and jumping around the boat for about 20 mins putting on a great display then lots of dolphins came over to see what was happening. Plenty of bird life around also.