MOR BRAZ CRUISE

Cruise map Leaves from the Gulf of Morbihan, come aboard to observe dolphins and seabirds in Mor Braz bay

Departing from the Gulf of Morbihan, Faune Océan takes you to meet the dolphins but also the seabirds of Mor Braz.This large bay, located between Guérande, the Quiberon peninsula and the islands of Belle-Île and Hoëdic, hosts a particularly rich and varied wildlife.You embark aboard the Angélus III or IV, comfortable vessels offering high visibility thanks to their spacious upper decks. As well as commentaries on the various observations, Faune Océan offers a lecture given by a naturalist on cetaceans and seabirds.

The search area visited by the boat extends from the mouth of the Gulf of Morbihan to the open sea off the islands of Houat and Hoëdic.A naturalist guide is at your disposal to comment on the various observations and to answer your questions. They will help you identify different species of cetaceans and birds. During each cruise, Faune Océan also offers a lecture presenting: the different species that we can meet in the Bay of Biscay and in Breton waters, the main features of their biology and their behaviour, the adaptations of the species to their environment and the challenges of protecting the marine environment and its inhabitants.

After each cruise, Faune Océan provides a photographic report. It is available in the online gallery a few days after the cruise. Don't hesitate to consult it and download the photos!

Target species

Bottlenose dolphin

© Sébastien Roques

Bottlenose dolphin :

2.5 to 4 m / 150 to 500 kg
Uncommon The bottle-nosed dolphin is THE dolphin par excellence in the minds of the general public. Flipper is of course the best known representative. It feeds mainly on fish. Its longevity is 30 to 40 years.
➢ To spot it: near the boat (willingly escorts boats) or, at a distance, when it jumps or reveals its dorsal fin. Most often in groups.
➢ To identify it: fairly uniform hue (medium grey), lighter on the belly, bulging forehead, short beak.

Short-beaked common dolphin

© Yves Dubois

Short-beaked common dolphin :

2 to 2.5 m / 70 to 135 kg
Common. It can dive up to 300 m to feed. Its diet is mainly composed of schools of fish. Its lifespan is 25 to 30 years.
➢ To spot it: near the boat (at the bow) or at a distance when it jumps or reveals its dorsal fin. Often in large groups (more than 10).
➢ To identify it: dark grey back descending in the middle of the flank, yellowish patch at the front of the flank and grey-blue patch at the rear, quite long beak, rather receding forehead, light dorsal fin with dark edges.

Balearic shearwater

© Jessica Joachim

Balearic shearwater :

Wingspan: 78 - 90 cm
Surely one of the stars of Mor Braz, since we can find several hundred (even thousands) of individuals! This shearwater breeds only on the Balearic archipelago. Its population is estimated at about 20,000 individuals. The Morbihan waters play an important role in the migration and dispersal of this species considered to be in critical danger of extinction.
➢ To spot it: with binoculars, often low-flying
➢ To identify it: silhouette and shearwater (long wings kept straight, alternating series of hovers and wing beats); differs from the Manx Shearwater by its more "dirty", faded and low contrasting appearance (brown and dirty white).

Latest sightings

19/08/2019 : Cetaceans : 70 common dolphins, 2 harbour porpoises and 1 grey seal. Birds : 3 species of shearwaters, a lot of european storm petrels, 2 wilson's storm petrels, 2 great skuas...

12/08/2019 : A wilson's storm petrel, many european storm petrels, a manx shearwater and many balearic, 2 common murres, a parasitic jaeger... and 2 common doplhins.

26/07/2019 : Today, we saw a lot of common dolphins (100) and a lot of balearic shearwaters (1000).

20/07/2019 : During this cruise, we saw some common dolphins (at least 14), 3 grey seals, 2 sunfishes, 2 Manx, 1 Cory and 15 Balearic shearwaters, 5 european storm-petrels, 6 great skuas...

12/07/2019 : A lot of sightings for our first cruise : at least 150 common dolphins, 2 bottlenose dolphins, 2 harbour porpoises ! We saw also many birds : balearic, manx ans sooty shearwaters, northern gannets, common scoters, gulls...

The boat

Featuring Angelus III and IV

At 22 metres long and 6 metres wide, the Angélus III and Angélus IV passenger boats from Vedettes Angélus are both modern, spacious vessels. They include an interior space with comfortable individual seats and several decks each with seating. Their design allows easy observation from the outside decks. The ships’ capacity is 196 places but, for reasons of comfort and quality of observation, reservations are limited to about 100 people. The captain and the crew are all experienced sailors who have a solid knowledge of the Gulf of Morbihan and Mor Braz. Depending on the availability of ships, the outing may take place on the Angelus III or Angelus IV.

Bateau Featuring Angelus III and IV pour l'observation des dauphins, baleines, requins et oiseaux marins.

Advice and information

Clothing : At sea, the weather can be changeable: plan on warm clothes and a raincoat, closed shoes, a cap, sunglasses and sunscreen.
Meals : Don't forget to take a picnic for lunch!
Observation equipment : If you have them, don't forget your camera and binoculars (useful but not essential, many animals are visible to the naked eye near the boat)!

The outings

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Prices : Adulte 80.00 € - Ado (de 12 à 18 ans) et étudiant 70.00 € - Enfant (moins de 12 ans) 50.00 €

To get group or large familly prices , please contact us at the +33 6 21 49 44 14 or with the contact form

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The latest pictures

Wilson's storm petrel Wilson's storm petrel Lesser black-backed gull European storm petrel Balearic shearwater Lesser black-backed gull Lesser black-backed gull Balearic shearwater Northern gannet Balearic shearwater Lesser black-backed gull Lesser black-backed gull Lesser black-backed gull Common dolphin Common dolphin Common dolphin Bottlenose dolphin Short-beaked common dolphin Short-beaked common dolphin Common dolphins and shearwaters