Hello Dolphin Watchers.
Well just as the title says, the 2022 season is fast approaching! Let me start by saying a big sorry for such a big gap between now and the last blog. Now I could say I've been quiet, the weather been lousy and so there's been no trips and so little sightings. But that's just not right... WE'VE BEEN BUSY! Not necessarily out to sea, dolphin and whale watching, but busy preparing for the 2022 season of trips, and boy, are there a lot of them! Also, the sightings, though landbased, have been fantastic for the winter months.
So, this year sees DWUK grow to a dedicated team of over 20 skippers and guides (Check them out on the About Us page). We've added some fantastic new ports and boats to run from them, these now include, Plymouth, Lyme Regis and another boat in Dartmouth. With all these extra people and trips it certainly requires a huge amount of organising I can tell you, from listing all the trips to ensuring we don't run out of tea and coffee, it's all taken a massive amount of computer time, phone calls messages and emails, though I now feel we a getting somewhere with it and finally I feel close to having things ready to start the season in April. Confirmed ports and trips for this years sea safari/boat safaris so far are; Brixham, Dartmouth, Kingswear, Lyme Regis, Weymouth, Plymouth and St.Ives. You can check availability on the Book Now page.
As I said, sightings haven't been that quiet either. Our new guide Peter Nason who'll be teaming up with new skipper Andy Narbartt in St.Ives, has been racking up the numbers and a surprising amount given the time of the year. Top days included; 300+ commons in the bay in a day, bottlenose swimming with surfers, a very active minke whale feeding and large groups of porpoises. SIMPLY AMAZING what Peter's been recording. Check out some of the photos and videos he's been sending in! More land based observations will start taking place in the next few weeks once the weather settles a bit and I shall take great pleasure in reporting these.
As part of our ongoing development for the team, all our new skippers, guides and a few of last years team (many of the 2021 team already hold them) are booked onto the WiSe safe course which takes place before the season starts in April. This is quite an investment but one that I feel is essential so that we have everyone operating to the same high level code of conduct standards. That said, I'd like to think we operate above this on ALL of our trips. If anyone wishes to join a WiSe course they are readily available on their website and are certainly well worth doing even if you are a paddleboarder or kayaker. Check them out at https://www.wisescheme.org Colin is very helpful and informative, so get in touch with him.
This brings onto something else though that has been increasingly on my mind recently (and is something many of you will have seen on the website home page) is a David Attenborough quote, and one that is the very foundation of the DWUK. " No one will protect what they don't care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced ” Now I see our trips as educational and fun, we want to inspire people to get involved with marine life but be respectful of it and ultimately to want to protect it, but are we doing enough? What would you like to see us doing? Seriously I'd like to know, if any of you have the time and any thoughts on it please let me and the team know, we'd love to hear from you.
And Finally.... In other news, I'm very pleased to announce that myself and Teelah (the most fantastic lady in my life) are now engaged, so I'm certain you'll see and be reading a lot more about her and from her this season, she's as mad on cetaceans as we are.
For now everybody take care, stay safe and we look forward to seeing you on the water.
Sam and the ever growing DWUK Team.