Striped, Common and Bottlenose Dolphins are highlights of the first I-Spy trip

25th Jul 2013

Summary of Sightings

Species Number Sighted
Common Dolphins 135
Bottlenose Dolphins 37
Striped Dolphins 217
Unidentified Dolphins


Bay of Biscay 9th – 11th July 2013
(Portmouth – Santander – Plymouth)

ORCA Guides: Elfyn Pugh, Richard Allcorn and Glenn Overington


With the weather being generally very kind, overall mostly sunny and relatively calm with cooling breezes, albeit strengthening on the final day, and sea conditions ranging from sea state 2 to 4 (relatively calm to a minor swell of up to a maximum of c2 metres generally) optimism for our Whale-watching trip was high.

It is fair to say that we needed to be patient at times, however Common and Bottlenose Dolphins gradually became a feature of the trip – the Common Dolphins often actively coming to the ship - and acrobatic Striped Dolphins entertained us in the deeper waters with their superb displays. Ocean Sunfish and a close Basking Shark were also in the Bay. A beautiful interlude as we negotiated the shallows between the atmospheric Ouessant peninsular on the coast of Brittany during our return to Plymouth, was a further highlight.


Unfortunately it appears that the larger cetacean species were not in our part of the bay at this particular time and the Beaked Whales eluded us on this trip, not for any lack of commitment by our excellent and dedicated group, who along with the guides and a friendly and knowledgeable group of whale watchers from the Netherlands scanned dawn to dusk for any sign of wildlife throughout.


ORCA would like to thank our guides, John Wright and the Captain and crew of Brittany Ferries' Pont Aven for once again welcoming us on board!


If you would like to join us on an I-Spy trip, there is still time!  Please visit the Brittany Ferries website for more details on each trip and how to book.

I-Spy Whales and Dolphins 2013