26 January 2023 Report
27C, some cloud cover. Wind: Weaker than forecast. Barely reaching 15 knots later in the day. Sea surface temps: 24.5C. 1m seas. As we approached the shelf - some 0.5 NM to the west - we encountered a mixed pod of Spotted and Spinner dolphins creating a lot of excitement amongst us. We followed more pods as the birds appeared to be following the pods of cetaceans. This put us ~0.5NM south of the sea mount where we set up our first drift at 11am. Surprisingly, we drifted at 3 knots/hr to the SSE taking us probably the furtherest distance from the seamount we've ever achieved while drifting. We managed something like a >12km drift.
Excellent and prolonged views of both White-faced and Wilson's Storm-Petrels. Common dolphins, Common bottlenose, Spotted dolphins and Spinner dolphins were seen. All interacted with the boat coming into the bow to ride the waves. Mixed pods of Spotted and Spinner then Spotted and Common bottlenose. The sea birds were concentrating around the pods of feeding dolphins.
(Note that the numbers in parentheses represent the approximate maximum number of that species in view at one time)
|Wilson's Storm Petrel||12|
|White-faced Storm Petrel||9|
|Greater Crested Tern||7|
|Oceanic Bottlenose Dolphin|
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(Photographs Meysam Makvandi, Dave Irving, Martin Allen, Adam G and Greg McLachlan).