Sealife surveys were amazing, charity says

Marine life surveys from a ferry between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly have been ‘incredible’, a charity has said.

Orca was allowed to study whales, dolphins and porpoises from the Scillonian ferry between March and October.

He said the highlight was a fin whale during a survey in June.

The most-seen species were common dolphins, with 299 animals spotted, as well as gray seals and sunfish.

Count of species observed:

  • Common dolphin: 299

  • Unidentified dolphin: 25

  • Gray seal: 14

  • Harbor porpoises: 11

  • Bottlenose dolphin: 4

  • Minke whale: 3

  • Unidentified whale: 3

  • Risso’s dolphin: 2

  • Sunfish: 2

  • Basking shark: 1

  • Fin whale: 1

Between March and October, there were 95 animal sightings on the 60km crossing, Orca said.

A total of 4,924 individual animals have been recorded since surveys began in 2009, with 16 different species observed.

These included killer whales, humpback whales, bottlenose dolphins, basking sharks, seals, tuna and leatherback turtles.

Lucy Babey, Orca’s science and conservation manager, said 2022 had been an “incredible survey season” and thanked the ferry company for allowing her to “carry out our vital monitoring work, so that we can help protect these incredible animals for the future.” “.

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