There she blows!
Friday September 6, 2013
[From the trip East Coast Odyssey]
Today was our first half-day trip in Ulladulla, and in terms of wildlife it was a great day. We had nine passengers on board, which is as full as the boat has been on this trip! The sail started very auspiciously, with a Humpback doing a full breach near the boat. This turned out to be a mother and calf, who cruised past between us and the harbour. That was the high point of the morning, but that doesn't mean we didn't see other things that were great. We had lots of Wedge-tailed and Hutton's Shearwaters making close passes by the boat, and a number of Prions as well. On several occasions we passed big groups of shearwaters feeding on bait balls, showing off their amazing flying prowess. We had an interesting Tern at one point that was only seen from a distance, but was probably a White-fronted Tern. Hopefully we will catch up with this species again soon. We also had a number of Shy and Black-browed Albatross flying past, and a few seals lounging around in the water. In all it was a great morning, even though the sailing wasn't as great as it has been on other days.
In the evening we gave a series of talks at the local youth centre, about the Yukon, wildlife, plastic art, and plastic pollution. Our talks were really well received, and hopefully we convinced a few people to come sailling with us tomorrow or the next day!
|Whales, Dolphins & Seals||2 species|
|New Zealand Fur-seal (Arctocephalus forsteri)||1|
|Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)||1|
|Shy Albatross (Thalassarche cauta)||1|
|Wedge-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus pacificus)||1|
|Hutton's Shearwater (Puffinus huttoni)||1|
|Black-browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophris)||1|