Watching cetaceans from Maryport coast

Seawatch sign 2016

On Wednesday Isaac and I split up and did different things for the day. As he went off to learn how to use a scythe, I chose to have a slightly less physically taxing day and attended a ‘Seawatch’ - the clue’s in the name, we sat and watched the sea for two hours, on the lookout for cetaceans and seals.
Seawatch sign 2016

Seawatch sign 2016

The watch was in Maryport and was run by Amy, a CWT Marine Trainee, and Suzie, a CWT volunteer. We spotted a porpoise’s dorsal fin and a grey seal (who hung around quite a while, doing what Suzie the seal and cetacean expert described as ‘having elevensies’ – I’ll take it). As well as learning quite a lot about the behaviour and appearance of the creatures we saw, the mix of people there meant that the discussions had were incredibly informative in themselves, as we discussed the many problems and challenges currently facing the sea and its inhabitants.

Sian

About the authors: Sian and Isaac were Apprentice Conservation Officers with the Trust from September 2016 to spring 2018