15th July 2013

A minimum of six Minke Whales were counted simultaneously off the Brigg today (in all likelihood an underestimate of the true numbers present): observed at various distances but often fairly close inshore and viewable with the naked eye, the whales are best looked for feeding along silver lines of water, and especially at seabird feeding frenzies – often surfacing exactly where the congregations are. Three White-beaked Dolphins were also recorded.

A European Storm-petrel was trapped on the Brigg in the early hours of this morning (and another buzzed around the nets). There were probably some other birds around today too, but we were too distracted by the whales.

One of six Minke whales off the Brigg today (c Mark Pearson)

One of six Minke whales off the Brigg today (c Mark Pearson)