27/01/2014 – Winter sightings
During one of the past weekends, members of Cetàcea fulfilled a training survey in front of the central Catalan coast. The main goal was to review the field protocols and test the equipment that we will use during our research projects in 2014. We spend the whole morning at sea, with excellent weather conditions, testing the working methods and the technical equipment. There are only a few weeks left before the beginning of the sighting season, and the day was a helpful experience in order to refresh the working methods.
During that day we had two surprise encounters. First we spotted a group of striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba) and then a group of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). We took many interesting photos from the latter group, where really distinctive dorsal fins can be seen. We could also a lot of different seabird species such as the northern gannet (Sula bassana), the great skua (Stercorarius skua), razorbills (Alca torda) an also an atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica), which is not common in the area.
That practice day was really useful to remember almost forgotten feelings. We look forward to the beginning of the season and we strongly believe that we will have many similar days. We hope you can join us.