• Saturday 25th May 2013 SOSSA PELAGIC TRIP, WOLLONGONG, NSW, AUSTRALIA.

    Saturday 25th May . 2013 SOSSA PELAGIC TRIP, WOLLONGONG, NSW, AUSTRALIA.
    Report prepared by: Lindsay E. Smith & G. Barwell

    Departed: 0710 hrs
    Return 1542 hrs

    Sea conditions: Swell 1.5-2m from the east tending southerly in the afternoon

    Weather:Fine with scattered cloud

    Temperature range: 13.0 - 19 0 C.

    Barometric pressure: 1020Hp rising later in the day

    Wind: S-SW 15-25 knots tending to Southerly 5-15 knots in the afternoon

    Sea surface temperature: 20.0 inshore 23.0 over the continental shelf break

    Current from the North at 1.5 knots

    Summary:
    We travelled out to 34 22' 01" S; 151 17' 52" E, 36.5 km ENE of Wollongong harbour in 180m+ shelf edge waters, where we stopped, chummed and drifted 1.17 km SW to 34 22' 33" S; 151 17' 26" E, 11.20-11.50 hrs, then turned back in, stopping at 34 24' 20" S; 150 58' 06" E, 6.07 km E of the harbour in 30m+ shelf waters, 14.20-15.09 hrs, arriving back at 15.42 hrs. Water temperature 20c Inshore 23c at the shelf edge. Sea conditions bumpy for most of the morning with swell from east, current from north and wind from southwest. Conditions eased in the afternoon.

    Conditions at sea were a little uncomfortable. There were good numbers of albatross about, however conditions did not allow for the safe handling of the birds. No banding was conducted and no banded birds were observed on the day

    Thank you to all who supported the trip and helped out.

    Cheers Lindsay

    Highlights
    Black Noddy.
    Bullers Shearwater

    Species code: Species name: Numbers:
    (Note: numbers in parenthesis = highest count at any one time)

    937 Northern Giant-Petrel, Macronectes halli 3 (2)
    075 Great-winged Petrel, Pterodroma macroptera 2 (2)
    075 Great-winged Petrel, Pterodroma macroptera gouldi 3 (2)
    971 Providence Petrel, Pterodroma solandri 2 (2)
    083 Fairy Prion, Pachyptila turtur 20+ (5)
    071 Short-tailed Shearwater, Puffinus tenuirostris 2 (2)
    068 Fluttering Shearwater, Puffinus gavia 1
    975 Bullers Shearwater, Puffinus bulleri 1
    088 Black-browed Albatross, Thalassarche melanophrys 6+
    859 Campbell Albatross, Thalassarche impavida 3+
    931 Bullers Albatross, Thalassarche bulleri 4+
    091 Shy Albatross, Thalassarche cauta 10+ (8)
    864 Indian yellow-nosed Albatross, Thalassarche bassi 6+ (6)
    104 Australasian Gannet, Morus serrator 10+
    106 Australian Pelican, Pelicanus conspicillatus 3
    980 Brown Skua, Catharacta skua 1
    981 Kelp Gull, Larus dominicanus 3
    125 Silver Gull, Larus novaehollandiae 50+
    115 Crested Tern, Sterna bergii 7+
    122 Black Noddy, Anous minutus 1

    Mammals
    Common Dolphin c10
    Hump-backed Whale 1

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