We are delighted to announce that we now have our very own research vessel named Galps in honour of our founder John Galpin. The purchase of this vessel was made possible through a generous donation from the Scheinberg Family. Galps is an Aquabell 33 with a fly-bridge allowing us to conduct line-transcet surveys.
Boat surveys are the most important aspect of our research allowing us to collect accurate sightings information throughout Manx territorial waters and photograph animals for Photo-Identification purposes.
Smaller vessels of opportunity:
Occasionally during the summer months, we have the privilege of surveying on-board small tourist vessels. The surveys allow us to gain valuable data in areas we wouldn’t have otherwise surveyed on that day. We are also on hand to guide the passengers and raise awareness of the presence of cetaceans in Manx waters. In previous years we have travelled aboard various vessels including Gemini and Manx Sea Quest. We would like to thank them for their continuing support.
If anyone runs a tourist vessel anywhere on the island and would like us to join you, please do get in touch, we would love to hear from you.
Isle of Man Steam-Packet surveying 2013 and 2014
Over two summers we worked in collaboration with the Isle of Man Steam-Packet Company conducing regular surveys from the outside deck of the Manannan on route to Ireland. These crossings gave us the opportunity to survey two routes, Douglas to Dublin and Douglas to Belfast as well as raising public awareness by talking to passengers about what they can see. .
Unfortunately we had to stop these surveys due to a lack of manpower and higher priorites in calm weather.
Our friends at ORCA and the Manx Society for Marine Conservation now conduct monthly surveys to Heysham on the Ben-My-Chree