Cetacean Sightings in 2004
     
These records are from some of our whale and dolphin watching boat trips in 2004.





       Whale and Dolphin boat trips depart from St. Davids in Pembrokeshire, Wales. 

          Photo of Minke Whale by Janet Baxter

          Recorded by Celtic Ranger Crew Dick Wells, Steve Morgan and Lyndon Lomax 
0/5 A few porpoise sighted between Grassholm and the Smalls  whale and dolphin trips
25/5 1 pod common dolphin approx 25, 1 pod dolphin approx 40, 1 pod porpoise 6
27/5 1 minke whale and approximately 90 to 100 common dolphin  whale and dolphin trips
29/5 3 pods common dolphin, 80 to 100 in each pod, lots of individuals sighted
29/5 common dolphins, a number of pods  circa 8, circa 40, circa 25, circa 10
2/6 3 pods common dolphins 10 to 20 in each       whale and dolphin trips
4/6 circa 20 porpoise seen throughout trip
15/6 Rissos dolphin x 8, common dolphin 3 pods of about 30 in each      whale and dolphin trips
25/6 Common Dolphin in Ramsey Sound for a good hour, common dolphin offshore
6/7 1 pod of common dolphin approx 15, 2 x pairs, few individuals
7/7 sighting of common dolphin in groups of 3 to 10   whale and dolphin trips
11/7 2 pods of common dolphin, 20 to 40 in each
13/7 Common Dolphin, singles, pairs and small pod of 6     whale and dolphin trips
16/7 Rissos Dolphins x 2, one was dark adult with some scaring and very dark triangular dorsel fin the other was smaller and carried a falcated fin
17/7 2 pods common dolphin 10 to 20 in each, minke whale, 5 pilot whale, 8 risso dolphin. Minke whale & calf inshore. Whale and dolphin boat trips
21/7 common dolphin approx 40      whale and dolphin and trips
22/7 Rissos dolphins x 5, common dolphin over 50 and 3 calves sighted
23/7 2 pods common dolphin 40 to 50 in each and 2 calves, sunfish
23/7 Two large Basking Sharks both 20 ft plus
24/7 7 porpoise
24/7  2 separate sightings of 1 minke and 1 minke and calf
25/7 porpoise and distant common dolphin
27/7 Pilot Whales x 5, common dolphins 250 plus, storm petrels
27/7 1 x minke and 1 x pilot whale, c150 common dolphin probable mating occurred by boat
28/7 common dolphins 70 to 80 in pod
28/7 common dolphins 3 pods, 50 to 100 in each
29/7 large pod of common dolphins in seconds
30/7 common dolphin pod of approx 15, rissos dolphins 2 adults and calf
31/7 small pod 10 common dolphin, another pod of common dolphin 100+
31/7 Orca x 12 feeding near boat, common dolphin x 30+, common dolphins 20 to 30
1/8 One large Basking Shark about 20 ft long
3/8 Common Dolphin plus calfs and juveniles approx 100 to 200 leaping, swimming and bowriding with boat, feeding frenzie of gannets and shearwaters with whales in the middle, 1 minke whale and 1 Sae whale
7/8 Approx 100 common dolphin in 2 pods of 30+ with other smaller groups around unlike other recent sighting mainly adults with some very active juveniles and 2 very small calfs, probable mating occured
10/8 5 pods of common dolphin, 1 pod very playful and bowriding
31/8 7 to 8 sightings of a minke whale possibly 2, one larger whale sighted possibly Sei whale, pod of common dolphins approx 25 to 30
1/9 Common dolphin including juveniles and calfs 100+
2/9 4 pods of common dolphin from 8 to30 per pod
4/9 100+ common dolphin throughout trip
7/9 3 pods of common dolphin,1 whale in the distance, possibly minke whale
9/9 3 pods of common dolphin including tiny calfs
10/9 1 Basking shark, 100's of common dolphin jumping in the distance