Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Busy busy busy!

Well has been a busy few weeks. Lots of trip and new customers. A couple more schools and colleges have started to use us for trips. We were pleased to once again take out year 4 from St Lawrence College. We have developed a fantastic package that fit right into Key STage 2, be sure to call for info!!
Weekend just gone we were chartered in by Thanet District Council to be the main safety vessel for the air show section of the Margate Big Event. A great time was had by all the team, even those on the top of the cliffs manning the stand!

We have a couple more really exciting projects coming up, more details of those in the future

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Early one morning just as the sun was!!!!

Bright and early on Sunday morning Stuart and I thought it would be a good plan to go and have a look at the river Stour entrance at low tide.

We set off and drove down to Shellness.

An amazing site at low water, I have only ever been there in a hovercraft and was not really paying that much attention but this time I did.

Here are some pic's of what you can expect to see.

Oh even saw one of our common seals making his way out into the bay.

Sunday, 3 May 2009

trips trip trip!

Well the summer has really started. Its bank holiday weekend and the boat has been very busy this week.
We had trips Tuesday and Wednesday and have already been out this weekend with more trips on for the rest of the weekend.
All trips have seen out freindly seals and enjoyed calm sea's

Hope to see you on one of our trips.


Monday, 13 April 2009

Easter weekend is over!

Well that is the first bank holiday weekend of the year finished and what a great weekend.
Weather was good, not much wind and a bit of the sun now and then!
The boat was busy awith trips, Stour Seal Encounters and Bays & Beaches tours.
The lucky people on the Bay & Beaches tours this weekend even got to see a seal.
A single male Grey Seal was seen over the weekend just off of Broadstairs.
One of the times he came to the surface he even had his lunch in his mouth.......a nice size fish.

So the year is moving on very nicely, lots of bookings coming in and even some very exciting commercial work in the pipeline..........more about those as they happen.

Bye for now


Wednesday, 5 November 2008

End of the week, what a week!

Following a manic week last week with Kent Coat Week I was half expecting a quiet week. Well things were going well until about 11.15 on Wednesday morning. My phone rang and it was Sue from British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDML). They had reports of a porpoise beach at West Brook, near Margate and asked if we could attend. Of course we said yes. Headed to our harbour office, grab the Marine Mammal Medic kit, dry suit and anything else we thought might come in handy.

Arrived on scene at about 11.45, Coatguards were on scene as were the RSPCA, Police and another medic Daniel.
After assessing the porpoise and having a vet checking him out, it was decided to move him to Pegwell Bay and try to re float him. We could not have done it at Westbook as the wind was to strong and the surf to high, the porpoise would not have swam through the surf. Whilst the main reason for a dolphin, porpoise or whale to beach is illness the vet felt that this porpoise was in pretty good shape.With the aid of all those on site and also the Wild Animal Rescue Unit from Kent Fire and Rescue Service we move him to Pegwell where the surf was a lot less. The team spent over an hour or so in the water trying to encourage the porpoise to swim off. The light started to fade and he was also rolling to his left side, muscle tremor and kept turning to shore. All of these were indications that the porpoise was not as well as first thought. The vet decided that the best course of action would be to, Sadly, put him to sleep.

It is was a very sad moment for all those involved but clearly the very best thing for the porpoise. Also I hope all can take solice knowing that we had all done all we could to try and save him.

I have included a couple of pictures taken by Simon Mores, thank you to him for his permission to use them, there is also a link to a video shot at Pegwell by Abmetechmedia, again thanks to them.

See you soon


Sunday, 26 October 2008

Kent Coast Week is here!!!!

Well here in, not so, sunny Kent it is half term for thounsands of children.

Kent County Council are, once again, running a series of events to promote the fantastic array of activities that are here on the Kent coast. As a partner with KCC we are offering discounted I hour seal encounter and bays and beaches tours. These are normally £18 for adults and £10 for children. During Kent Coast Week they are only £5 each!!!!! Yes thats right only £5.

The trips started yesterday and all trips were fully booked. We even had a celeb on the boat, Vicky Croft an ex page 3 model!! Also Tony from Thanet Coast Project and Chris Drake from KCC joined us, sadly they are not as famous as Vicky! Talking of Famous the great James Heeming of Invicta FM fame joined us the other week to indulge his other passion of photography.

Bes sure to come join us.

We also had so sad news over the last few weeks. Nelson (The God In Orange) managed to do himself a serious injury whilst doing DIY at home. Always my main excuse for not doing DIY (Damage It Yourself)This is likely to put him out of action for a good few months. He will be missed by us all but Stuart, Matt and Stacey will be covering for him. Get well soon mate!

Friday, 3 October 2008

First day on the blog

Well hello one and all and welcome to the blog from Horizon Sea Safaris.

This week has been a busy one for us.

On Monday Nelson (The God in Orange) and I spent the day on the water with a film crew. They guys are making a water safety video in conjunction with Thanet DC. This is aimed at all the local schools and will be used to promote better safety and aweness of our local coastline.

Thursday Nelly and I were out with the Enviroment Agency, this is a regular job for us helping them with their local clean water survey's.
Happy sailing
Photo from our good friends at Level Eleven Photography