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Old 30 March 2012, 04:46   #1
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Hope the pictures load OK, seen yesterday off old harry cruising toward durlston head.
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Old 30 March 2012, 05:18   #2
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Looks great !! If you get the time or are interested wander along to see Steve or Steves full time Skipper - having done the course there were a couple of interesting points ......

Here is the question for everyone that most of us on the course had little idea about ;

How many Dolphins live in the coastal waters of the UK ? (Dont spoil it if you know for sure ) ...
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Great pics

376?
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Very nice pic.

Is it 512 dolphins?

Closest one to actual number wins a jar of sweeties, right??
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42 This must be the answer
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42 This must be the answer
For it is the answer to everything, after all.

Still 512 dolphins though.
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42 This must be the answer


We've been surveying throughout Cardigan Bay this week.... Several pods of Bottlenose Dolphins together near Newport on Weds
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Great footage there

So what sort of speed attracts dolphins?
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Its a funny one.... tbh I am ULTRA sensitive when posting up any footage of Dolphins alongside us as we NEVER approach them.... We work closely with Sea Trust, acting as their representative on the Pembrokeshire Marine Code working group and are also WiSE accredited (which as per Peter/ 250KTS posts prev. is a worthwhile intro to safe interaction with marine wildlife, but as is the case with any of these sorts of things, it is just an educational course and it does require you to police yourself afterwards....)

Often, however, the Dolphs will seek you out to bowride (riding the pressure wave....you will often see them doing this with large ships and fishing boats etc etc).... Yesterday was a good example of that.... the Bay was full and they were actively approaching us.... In line with guidance we never want to stay with them too long (when we stop) but in practice that is difficult to adhere to when they follow you.... Its really important to maintain a constant bearing (no sudden changes of direction) and we are travelling at around 4 /5 knots in the video.....gently accelerating away at the end as they leave us....

We are extremely lucky as regards cetaceans here in Pembs / Cardigan Bay (Bottlenose, Commons, Rissos, Minke and Orca....but I'm yet to see one ) so we often see them... You meet them in all kinds of different moods, sometimes playful.... Guess what I'm saying is that we wouldn't actively encourage them to ride with us, but it is very special if they do
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