Written on Nov, 27, 2016 by in ,

This summer we were lucky enough to be given a hydrophone to test and use. The hydrophone was provided by Seiche. Seiche is an innovative company based in North Devon working mainly in the area of passive acoustic monitoring and they offer training, consultancy and project work. Passive acoustic monitoring involves listening for cetaceans in order to protect them from …

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One of our passengers from a recent trip has made this lovely video. Katie Nethercoat is a Natural History photography student and was on board Shearwater II recently. Thanks sharing the great video Katie. Dolphins Encounter from Katie Nethercoat on Vimeo.

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Written on May, 18, 2016 by in

On Sunday the 15th of May I went out with Marine Discovery Penzance. We were alerted to a possible stranded young humpback whale off Long Rock and were requested to assist/check out the situation. Upon arrival it soon became clear that the whale in question was very close to the strandline but still fully submerged so it was evident that …

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At least 17 of the inshore pod of bottlenose dolphins hung around Penzance all day today. They displayed many behaviors from feeding to socialising to resting, which were interesting to watch. We have been keeping photo identification records of the South Wests inshore bottlenose dolphins since 2007 and now have nearly 40 recognised individuals in our catalogue – the 2013 version …

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This one was swimming along barely breaking the surface, which made it hard to spot. The calm conditions still allowed us some good views. It makes you understand how vulnerable they are to being hit by fast moving boats when you see them like this. One of the reasons we switched to the sailing catamaran was to slow things down …

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Today we were watching a pod of common dolphins feeding while gannets dived all around. It was quite a spectacle and was made even better when the dolphins came over to do some human watching. It can be hard to tell who’s watching who sometimes. Here is a compilation of clips from today’s dolphin watching trip.

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Today we were surprised to see the first basking shark of the year. I’m not sure why we were surprised as our first basking shark sighting normally comes in early April. The longer days trigger the phytoplankton bloom – longer hours of daylight allow increased photosynthesis. The diatoms and coccolithophore populations rapidly grow as they feed on the nutrients stirred up …

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We saw our first minke whale of the year today. It was a small juvenile that would have only recently left its mother. It always amazes me when I see these tiny young whales separate from their mothers so early in life. They are around three metres long at this stage and are perfectly capable of looking after themselves. Once they …

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We’ve been back on the water for 10 days now and run a few trips so far. There seems to be a lot of fish about as we have enjoyed cetaceans on every trip, which is not something we normally expect in March. There have also been a number of humpback whale sightings along our stretch of coast. The hatches …

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Written on Nov, 10, 2015 by in

This amazing footage was filmed in the North Sea. It really shows how nippy and manoeuvrable harbour porpoises are. One day we’ll capture some underwater footage like this off Cornwall. We certainly have the numbers of porpoises it’s just a question of being in the right position with the camera rigged up properly. Patience is the key as we would …

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