News Years Day on Strumble Head

The weather New Years morning was appalling with torrential rain and strong south westerly winds. It looked like for once our Sea Trust New Years Porpoise Watch would be a washout we could not imagine anyone wanting to brave the elements to join us on an  exposed headland  in the hope of getting a glimpse of a porpoise.

Sea Trust porpoise watch - photo by Cliff Benson

Sea Trust porpoise watch - photo by Cliff Benson

However we were wrong. From 2.30 onwards people kept on coming! We estimated over seventy, young and old including people from Newcastle and London as well as locals.

Not only people, the porpoises also showed up throughout the watch . Not so easy to see in the rough gloomy conditions but well enough for several people to get their first ever view of one.

Stevo Lucas set up shop and sold several of our new 2012 calendars  (Rich Crossen’s cetacean images) also postcards and wildlife guides.

Apart from porpoises our intrepid supporters saw gannets, streams of razorbills and guillemots as well as two great northern divers and star bird, a Balearic shearwater. Grey seals also put in appearances.

Thanks to all who came and took part and made it so enjoyable!