Porpoise Project Archive

 

Regrettably, due to pressure of work and the need to concentrate on our official reports we have had to abandon the updates to this more informal journal section. Hopefully it will be updated during 2006 with new pictures and video.

 

17-04-03 : Dredging for Lost PODs

Conditions were excellent.  Blue sky, great visibility, dead calm sea.  Porpoises spotted.

 

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06-03-03 : PODs Serviced.  Best Data yet...

 

07-02-03 : Partial Success, Partial Disaster

Conditions were excellent and despite the fog, all went well at first.  Sadly, despite extensive searching, we failed to recover POD 109 (Kenfig).  This was a great disappointment as this POD had yielded excellent data from the start.  In an effort to aid recovery in case the POD has been deliberately removed or washed ashore, a news release has been prepared and circulated.

 

04-02-03 : POD 129 Recovered

Attempts to recover the PODs were thwarted by the weather.  Conditions were too rough to round Worms Head and the large sea swell made recovery of all but POD 129 dangerous.  After earlier problems which had prevented this POD from recording correctly we successfully downloaded data from the unit and successfully detected porpoise activity.

 

14-01-03 : Posters for Bird Watchers

 

06-01-03 : POD Recovery and Data Collection

We managed to get out to sea on Monday January 6th.  Conditions weren't as favourable as they were on our previous trip but skipper Keith and the good ship Noctiluca coped admirably.  We serviced the PODs and downloaded the data.  The wind and rough sea made a transect survey difficult but we still saw porpoise and logged some fast feeding behaviour...

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18-12-02 : Shorewatch Report

Rob Colley reports that he had an excellent shore watch on Wednesday (18/12/02) at Burry Holms / Limekiln Point with 6/7 porpoise at 25-200m offshore, for 2hrs mid flow-tide.  He suspects this behaviour may be associated with the preceding few days of easterly winds.  Recommendation from Rob, "get out there, get your eye in, practice your skills and convince yourself that porpoise exist before the weather changes".  Don't forget to keep an eye on the tide if you cross to Burry Holms so you don't get stranded.

 

16-12-02 : Shorewatch Report

The first constant-effort shorewatch following POD deployment recorded continuous porpoise feeding in the tide race around the Helwick buoy, off Port Eynon: happily, the POD buoys were clearly visible, allaying some of the fears that "off the back of the boat" might be the last-ever sighting of the gear. Porpoise activity was concentrated east of the buoy, but after an hour and a half one animal did pass close to the POD- hopefully close enough to get itself recorded.

 

08-12-02 : Poster for Boat Users

Posters to encourage bird watchers, dog-walkers and other countryside users to contribute their observations to follow shortly.

 

06-12-02 : PODS are GO, GO, GO!

After much delay, the PODS are finally in the water.  Conditions on Friday (6-12-02) were perfect.  The sun was out, the sea was calm and a full compliment of volunteers were available.  Thanks to all who helped.  It was an auspicious start to the deployment day- the project's first from-the-boat porpoise sighting.  A single animal appeared off the port bow (a nautical technical term, 'phone Rhian for translation) as the boat reached our first POD site at Kenfig Patches.  A second animal was later recorded off Worm's Head.

The method developed for bunging the PODS over the back of the boat is beautifully illustrated by Rob and Rhian in the short video clip below.

 

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24/02/2006