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A sea unleashed

I’ve been at sea is some rough weather in my time but these waves were the highest I’ve been out upon. A storm force 9 and 8 metre walls of water were tossing our ship around like a cork in a bathtub. Somehow daunting but somehow beautiful. Each wave was topped with translucent green and capped with white spume that vortexed upwards creating a seascape of turquoise geysers.

We were working our way south through the Bay of Biscay earlier this week. The day had started well with crowds of Common Dolphins racing to join us. As the ocean unleashed her swell so the cetaceans became increasing difficult to find. Some distant Fin Whale Blows and a passing pod of Long finned Pilot Whales were punctuated with more rorqual blows. Sea birds fared better with Manx, Balearic, Cory’s and Great Shearwaters punctuated with Great Skua sightings, but even they deserted us at the height of the storm.

On the return leg the sea was somewhat calmer. More Common Dolphins, a host of Sunfish and more shearwaters but not the hoped for beaked whales.

Maybe next year…

2015 09 17 Common Dolphin Bay of Biscay_Z5A8367

2015 09 16 Bay of Biscay_Z5A8189

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