Friday, 17 March 2017

Saw the Humpback Whale

Probably one of the most exciting wildlife moments of my life. I was sitting on the sofa on Sunday  afternoon (12th March) and saw a windsurfer out in the bay, however something else caught my eye.

I could see a mist of water being blown into the air, so I followed it and saw something very big moving in the water and splashing about.

Much too big to be a dolphin, no sign of those wretched noisy and annoying jet skiers, so I jumped up grabbed the binoculars, shouted to hubby and phoned the neighbours.

Sure enough it was the humpback whale which had come over from Slapton to have some fun and a feed in the bay.

Here is an article from the local newspaper with great photos and a video 

I tried very hard to get some images but only succeeded in getting a splash of water without the tail.

However here are some photos and images from others who were lucky enough to see it too and captured this very exciting event on film. Please copy this link into your browser to see a picture taken by those lucky owners at the Guardhouse Cafe up at Berry Head 

You can also read this very nice article from Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust about the whale.

Until next time

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Brixham Marine Conservation Day

on Tuesday 30th May 2017

What's going on around Brixham harbour? Beach clean up, Marine Mammal Stranding Rescue Demonstration, Marine Monster Sculpture, Evening Seashore Safari, Photo Competition, Crab research/competition, interactive stands... day of talks hosted by the Brixham Yacht Club. 

Who's participating? British Divers Marine Life Rescue, Devon Wildlife Trust, Brixham Seawatch, Devon Seals in the wild, Marine Management Organisation, Edfest, Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust, Marine conservation Society, Community Seagrass Initiative, Plymouth University Marine Institute, Surfers Against Sewage, SharkTrust, National Marine Aquarium, Sea Champions South West.

Find out more at the Brixham Dolphins Twitter page and also here to find out about the crowdfunding appeal to raise £1500 the cost to hold the event (marketing, insurance, stalls etc).

Sounds like a great day out, I'll hopefully be booking that day off work to attend and support the Brixham Marine Conservation Project.

This group formed after the sad events last August when two dolphins swam into Brixham harbour, attempts to rescue them were made, and sadly one died. Read more about this story here.

The purpose of the Brixham Marine Conservation Project is to promote a healthier, cleaner, safe marine environment by bringing together Conservation, Education, Research and Tourism. The group also hope to put in place a protocol should more marine mammals become stranded in the harbour in the future.

P.S. Has anyone heard of the Vaquita Porpoise? neither until I was writing this post! There are only 30 left in the world, in the  Sea of Cortez in Mexico. Please raise awareness of this creatures plight by spreading the word and visit the Porpoise Conservation Society website here to find out more about Vaquita.

Until next time