Written on Apr, 10, 2018 by in ,

  Arriving at Penzance on a windy, damp evening when the waves are breaking over the railway line and most things are grey, you might be forgiven for feeling that it was a long journey for not much reward. On the other hand, you might be lucky enough to arrive as the sailing dinghies are doing their evening racing, when …

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The phenomenon of lone bottlenose dolphins is a much studied and curious one. Occasionally these individuals show up and will habitually frequent an area or areas, and they capture the public’s imagination with their sociable nature and apparent willingness to interact with humans. Just in the thirteen years we have been running Marine Discovery we have encountered the dolphins known …

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Written on Feb, 17, 2018 by in ,

Many of you will know that we collect data for research during our wildlife watching trips. We use this data to better understand Mount’s Bay and the animals who use the bay. Understanding how, why and when animals use certain habitats is essential in conservation. The key things it demonstrates are: 1. Data collected in a systematic, robust manner by …

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Written on Aug, 27, 2017 by in , ,

Over the past few years more and more Atlantic bluefin tuna have been sighted off the coasts of the British Isles. This includes off Shearwater II, and we have seen magnificent displays of feeding bluefin tuna during the late summer and autumn since 2015. As well as working at Marine Discovery I’m a postgraduate student at the University of Exeter …

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Duncan talking about harbour porpoises for the latest episode of the Wild West Cork film series. He was interviewed whilst out in Ireland with his Marine Science students back in March.

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Written on May, 15, 2017 by in ,

We recently worked on a paper with science officer Marijke de Boer detailing last year’s encounter with a bowhead whale, which happened a year ago today, and relating it to other sightings in Brittany and Ireland. The paper has finally been published in the journal of Aquatic Mammals: http://www.aquaticmammalsjournal.org/index.php… De Boer, MN, Jones, D., Jones, H. (2017). Ocean Wanderers – …

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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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