Celtic Sea has its Own Population of Ocean Giants

Celtic Sea has its Own Population of Ocean Giants

A Pembrokeshire-based marine conservation group was able to spot giant fin whales in the Celtic Sea. Sea Trust along with Stena Line conducted a ferry-based survey between Rosslare in Ireland to Cherbourg in France.

Cliff Benson, Sea Trust Director, explained about the species they got to see on the route. They came across a large group of feeding fin whales. While talking about seeing the whales, Cliff Benson, Sea Trust Director, said they feel to be quite lucky as the weather was not so favourabvle.

“We got onto the bridge at dawn, starting the second leg of our survey as we passed Land’s End. The sea had calmed down and visibility had really improved”, said Benson.

Hannah Harries, Sea Trust science officer, said they did not see the whales at the first go. Firstly, there were massive blows and after few minutes, a massive-sized fin whale was noticed just ahead of them.

Harries said though he has worked at the Great Barrier Reef and has spent many hours watching dolphins. But he said it was his first time of seeing the second largest animals on earth. It was undoubtedly quite an exciting view.

They saw at least 12 different whales in the region and think there were even more as there were more blows that they could see.

Not only did they see fin whales, but they also came across a couple of minke whales and a large group of dolphins near the Smalls Lighthouse.


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