10 September Report
21C, some cloud and spotty rain, fine otherwise. Wind: Much calmer than forecast. 0-5 knots until 1pm then alternating to 5-10 knots on some of the return trip. Sea surface temps: 18.8C. Arrived at the shelf around 10:40. Set up the 1st drift just north of the seamount. We drifted at 2.1 knots to the south straight over the seamount for 45 minutes taking us beyond the southern flanks of the underwater feature. 2nd drift was made on western flank of the seamount, once again drifting ~1NM south. Very quiet at the shelf.
Picked up a handful of Silver Gulls well outside the heads. Wedge-tailed Shearwaters soon followed after that. They were to be a constant presence throughout the day. Over the course of the trip Australasian Gannets were seen with some showing some interest in the boat. Fluttering-type Shearwaters were encountered a number of times, all moving quickly some distance from the boat. We had a couple of individuals occasionally making closer passes allowing better identification. Flesh-footed Shearwater were first seen past 12 NM. The single Buller's Albatross for the day came toward the boat around 15NM only to promptly leave. It returned soon after successfully challenging the shearwaters to the larger pieces of food thrown overboard. After feeding some 4 or 5 times the albatross departed. At the shelf we added Providence Petrel and Shy Albatross. Surprisingly no Black-browed Albatrosses were recorded making this our first September trip since 1996 where none have been seen.
A handful of common dolphins in two pods, plus a number of humpbacks seen mostly blowing. Many bait fish seen which the shearwaters were actively targeting.
(Note that the numbers in parentheses represent the approximate maximum number of that species in view at one time)
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