Potland pelagic trip

Subject: Potland pelagic trip
From: Rohan Clarke <>
Date: Wed, 18 Mar 1998 13:44:07 +1100
Here's the trip report for the latest Portland pelagic that sailed  last
Sunday the 5th of March.
HIGHLIGHTS: A total of 11 Bullers Albatross was an unprecendented number for
Portland.(Previously only singles? have been obseved from here). Other
highlights included a feeding frenzy of birds (gannets, albatross,
shearwaters,penguins & terns)attracted to schools of small fish being forced
to the surface by a pod of 100 Common Dolphins, two Common Diving Petrels
and sightings of a Humpback Whale and a probable Sei Whale.
CONDITIONS:departed 0720 reaching the shelfbreak at 1120 continued on to a
point 26 miles SW of Lawrence Rocks before turning in at 1400. Docked at
1730. Swell:4-5 m easing to 2.5-4. Wind:nil to light. Cloud cover:100%.
THOSE ON BOARD: Mike Carter, Rohan Clarke, Sean Dooley, Peter Crabtree,
Peter Barrand, Stephen Clarke, Ted Shimba, Euan Moore, Jenny Rolland, Harry
Clarke, Peter Bardsley, Lars Peterson.
Little Penguin 44 (5)
Wandering Albatross 3 (3)
Black-browed Albatross 80 (40)
Yellow-nosed Albatross 40 (20)
Shy Albatross 20 (10)
Great-winged Petrel 6 (2)
Flesh-footed Shearwater 80 (30)
Sooty Shearwater 3 (1)
Shart-tailed Shearwater 40 (10)
Fluttering Shearwater 11 (5)
Huttons Shearwater 12 (3)
Fluttering type Shearwater sp? 20(6)
Wilson's Storm-petrel 14 (4)
White-faced Storm-petrel 11 (4)
Australian Gannet 500 + 8000 at Lawrence Rocks
Black-faced Cormorant 80 (80)
Arctic Jaeger 22(16)
Pomerine Jaeger 2 (2)
Silver Gull 11
Pacific Gull 3 in harbour
Crested Tern 23 (3)

Common dolphin 100
[Sei] Whale 1
Humpback Whale 1 
Fur Seal Sp 20 

NEXT TRIP 5 April 
Contact Mike Carter on (03)9787 7136 for details

Cheers Rohan Clarke

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