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Old 05 August 2005, 15:16   #11
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Last fall, I got my first view of a whale from my boat. Boating out of Monterey, California. In the following three weeks, we saw four more whales (including a very young grey who lazed around inside the harbor for a while), several pods of Risso dolphins (I'd say six or eight, but some were undoubtedly repeats), a small pod of some other type of dolphin, and a couple of Mola molas.

Since then, absolutely nothing.

I'm hoping this fall will be more productive than the past few months.


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Old 14 August 2006, 16:53   #12
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Saw a shark in the Swell at South Stack this weekend. Not 100% sure what type it was but presumed it to be a basking shark. A friend of mine also reported in excess of 20 Dolphins between Bull Bay and Porth Wren (Brickworks) with Lots of young Dolphins no bigger than 2 feet in Length.
A recent article on divernet.com also reports sightings of Basking Sharks just outside Porthdafarch.
I have also seen a documentary on television reporting that Turtles are very common in the summer on the Menai Straights, coming up in the gulf stream to feed on the abundance of Jelly Fish but never seen any myself ...... would be interested to hear of any sightings!!!
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Old 14 August 2006, 17:18   #13
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Porpoises, dolphins, sharks...

...apparently there are even whales off Anglesea:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/5236300.stm

Hit at 40 knots, I bet the whale had some headache afterwards.
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Old 14 August 2006, 19:17   #14
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We sat and watched a pod of aboud 30 or so last week at Crinnan on the Sound of Jura jumping out the water a generally being mental, never saw any Basking sharks though
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Heard they were about around Crinan Andy, but haven't managed to be there when they are yet. However, took advantage of the first high pressure and settled weather of the season and cruised out to Erraid - Tinkers Hole and 'David Balfour's Bay'.

'D B Bay' was as clear blue and turquoise as ever - and all the time I was there (about 3 hours) a basking shark swam round and round the bay. Still there when I left. Quite small relative to ones I have seen in the past off SE Ireland so I guess it was quite young.

Came back through Corryvreckan and saw many seabirds and a few porpoises in the Great Race area, but no dolphins. Seen many Minke and Orca whales there in the past, but not that time.

I think I saw you from my window skirting the moorings at Ardfern not too long ago. 'Rathmor' looked a super boat. My son blagged a few trips on either 'Castor' or 'Pollux' (I can't remember which) a few years ago and came back starry eyed at being given the chance to helm one of these Redbays ( he was only 15 at the time).

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Old 15 August 2006, 04:07   #15
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saw a large pod of dolphins on the outskirts of the river Dart, 20 +
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Old 15 August 2006, 04:37   #16
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A shark washed up in Portmadog........

......a few weeks ago.

Picture attached...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/north_west/5224746.stm
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Old 15 August 2006, 11:06   #17
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Whale Vomit !

Apperently a big dolup of it was washed up on one of Shell Islands beaches last week and a girl found it and claimed it as its worth around 3500.00 and is used in purfumes ?

came from a sperm whale

got be a gag in that some were !

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Read an article in the Apr/May 2006 edition of the RIB Internation Mag about Basking Sharks - they apparently arrive in Devon/Cornwall every year in early May and migrate up the west coast to Scotland. My daughter is a windsurfer and there are lots of reports of them around Millport later in the year.

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Old 15 August 2006, 12:49   #19
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Apperently a big dolup of it was washed up on one of Shell Islands beaches last week and a girl found it and claimed it as its worth around 3500.00 and is used in purfumes ?

came from a sperm whale

got be a gag in that some were !

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Yes it's called Ambergris - worth more than heroin apparently!!! Prob more chance of finding that washed ashore......
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wheres anglesy ? i really want to see a dolphin !!!
No need to go that far - we spotted 2 today of coast of West Sussex, both less than a mile offshore.

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