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Old 06 April 2005, 07:52   #11
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The seals in Falmouth are residents.


On low tide you can usually see them sunbathing on Black Rock.
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Old 06 April 2005, 13:27   #12
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I Remember seeing lots of Dolphins whilst surfing at Gwithian Cornwall, I have even been lucky to share a wave with three of them a fantastic moment.

But over the last 3 years their numbers had declined and all I ever see in the Cornishman and West Briton is reports of yet more dead Dolphins washed up on the beaches of Penwith, a whole family was found dead last year in Mounts Bay and that was truly heart wrenching.

The reason for the marked increase is being sited as "Pair trawling for Sea Bass".

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/devon/3694280.stm

However the dolphins don’t recognise a 12-mile limit and the carnage continues.

One way we can all help is next time you order Sea Bass make sure its “Line caught” and not trawled, if the staff don’t know, don’t eat it!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/devon/outdoors/...sea_bass.shtml

Not only will you help save our native marine wildlife you will help preserve a traditional way of life for local fishermen.

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Old 08 April 2005, 19:20   #13
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Hi All,

CJL - Swam with them in Mexico a few years back and will be going again to Cancun.....for erm...work.....yup that's it.....work. Lucky enough to be going all expenses paid with works sales trip this year. How sweet is that!

Never heard that the oil on the skin can affect them as dived several times with them although admittedly always been wearing gloves!?

GC - Yeah we've apparently got a seal colony behind Herm, but never seen them despite several trips round there? Apparently seals to dive with are quite cool, but they can get the ar*e about them and play a bit rough! Mind those fingers now!!!

Shaggy - Our company sponsers the local cetacean society (as part of our doing our bit for the environment and the local community) and provide dolphin rescue facilities for them. We are also having a big debate about trawling for bass at the moment as the trawlers seem to be fishing one of the breeding grounds and decimating the stocks......bstrds!
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Old 21 April 2005, 03:59   #14
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How far out are they trawling? If its under 12 miles call Sea Fisheries Inspectorate and get etc photos with ship numbers.

Not sure how proactive they would be in enforcing the new law.

"Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) in 2001, produced compelling evidence of a significant bycatch problem in the bass fishery off South West England. The pair trawling teams monitored caught dolphins at a rate a little in excess of one every two hauls"

Target Species
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No. of bycaught
dolphins
53

No. of hauls
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No. of days at Sea
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Depressing reading...............


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Old 21 April 2005, 12:30   #15
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We have one who rarely fails to show for the Advanced Powerboat Courses that we run out of the Aran Islands in Galway Bay.

A few years ago while in one of the Army RIBs this dolphin stayed with us at 35 knots for 5 minutes....incredible speed and endurance.

He also comes over when we dive in the area..Very strange thing is that amongst the Army Boat Squad members, he would ignore some members and hang around with others on a day by day basis ? The Lynx factor?

Remember before you jump in with your drysuit on to " Swim with Dolphins" that while cute and beautiful that they are wild animals and are quite capable of killing or seriously injuring you.

The trick if you meet a dolphin is to drive in straight lines / steady course which makes it safe for you and the dolphins. He will generally formate on your boat for 5 or 10 mins alternating between riding your bow wave and travelling beside or behind the boat before he gets bored and heads off again.

Be careful before you engage gear from neutral that he is not near the prop....in other words treat him like a diver.

Linking with the Azore thread and whales, one of the best experiences of Trans Atlantic was the visit each sundown of between 100 and 200 common ( Black and White) dolphins who you could see approaching at high speed from a mile or more away. They would formate on the boat and stay with us hopping and skipping for 15 minutes before heading off in search of another lone boat on the ocean.

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Old 22 April 2005, 07:16   #16
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Hi Shaggy

Sorry it's taken sooooo long to reply but they have me doing some work for a change!

We have very different fishing laws over here and basically no one apart from the French apparently can fish within our 12 mile limit, however most of our commercial fishermen can fish anywhere as long as it's 3 miles from shore....I think........could be wrong, but I'm sure that's the local law.

Some of them actually trawl within 100 yards of the shore, but not sure if they have to get special permission to do it!?

To be honest our fishermen are a law unto themselves, but most of em are very big so you won't catch me saying that to their faces!
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Have swam with dolphins once in america very long time ago but would truly be a great experiace to see some while out ribbing for a change!
Perhaps anywhere around the isle of white , im not sure how close they come in though any one seen any around the isle of white
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Whilst on the subject of dolphins and other such mammals a big school of pilot whales was spotted off mumbles the other day

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west/4429963.stm

Also a yachtsman was "attacked by whales" - apparently they surrounded his boat and he was terrified - also they had really bad breath - maybe they need some listerine????

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/devon/4460099.stm
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We have one who rarely fails to show for the Advanced Powerboat Courses that we run out of the Aran Islands in Galway Bay.

A few years ago while in one of the Army RIBs this dolphin stayed with us at 35 knots for 5 minutes....incredible speed and endurance.

The trick if you meet a dolphin is to drive in straight lines / steady course which makes it safe for you and the dolphins. He will generally formate on your boat for 5 or 10 mins alternating between riding your bow wave and travelling beside or behind the boat before he gets bored and heads off again.

Be careful before you engage gear from neutral that he is not near the prop....in other words treat him like a diver.

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I would be worried about going too fast as they might get run over but I suppose they know what they are doing - got some great video footage of some directly under the bow of my Dad's Sunseeker when we were in Gib - only doing about 12kts though.
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Also a yachtsman was "attacked by whales" - apparently they surrounded his boat and he was terrified - also they had really bad breath - maybe they need some listerine????

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/devon/4460099.stm
I saw the pod in the mouth of the Estuary in Salcombe on Saturday - I was with some friends who were haveing a Medline 3 domonstrated to them, and they were going up and down around the South Sands area.

I was also in the pub on Monday night drinking with a couple of the lifeboat men when the shout went out - we all had a good laugh about being attacked by wales and thought it highly unlikely, and the guy probably panicked - thats all!
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