Unless clearly stated, all photos on the sightings page will have been taken that day rather than using a stock image. We update our sightings page every day we go out through the season so as to ensure realistic expectations.
Monday 23rd April: A fantastic day today. Two large pods of common dolphins with lots of young calves, a basking shark, lots of seabirds and a very cute juvenile seal.
Sunday 22nd April: A typical April day today with a fresh westerly wind, blasts of bright sunshine and bouts of mizzle. The wildlife was typical of this time of year too, with a harbour porpoise, some grey seals and lots of seabirds spotted.
Saturday 21st April: We headed out this morning in calm, warm conditions just on our own, and found a small pod of common dolphins, a couple of which swam close to the boat. When the passengers joined us for the afternoon trip, we found several harbour porpoises, grey seals and seabirds including puffins. The basking sharks headed west this morning, we were informed by spies on the coast!
Friday 20th April: Two big surprises this morning in the form of a pair of large basking sharks. We had better views of them than we have had of sharks for some years so it was very exciting. We also saw a harbour porpoise, a grey seal and lots of manx shearwaters and kittiwakes
Thursday 19th April: Today we saw a small group of about ten common dolphins on both the morning and the afternoon trips. We also saw a harbour porpoise, several grey seals and lots of seabirds.
Saturday 14th April: Tough spotting conditions today on a cold grey morning in building southeasterly chop. We saw grey seals and seabirds including puffins.
Friday 13th April: Lots more puffins around today – more than we could count. We also saw a variety of other seabirds, porpoises and grey seals.
Thursday 12th April: We were filming with BBC Countryfile today in grey choppy conditions. Luckily we didn’t need to go far. The seals were born stars and hopefully they got some great footage. Working from Newlyn harbour we encountered some of the currently residents including a juvenile glaucous gull and turnstones.
Tuesday 10th April: Fabulous seabird activity today including several pairs of puffins, razorbills, guillemots, fulmars, gannets, Manx shearwaters and sandwich terns. We also saw grey seals
Monday 9th April: It was another lovely morning out on the water. Common dolphins were a bit more sociable today than yesterday, and we also saw several grey seals and a harbour porpoise. Spring does finally seem to be here after a long long winter.
Sunday 8th April: It was a beautiful spring day here in West Cornwall with unbroken sunshine and light breezes. Two trips today, with a Bay Discovery in the morning and an Ocean Discovery in the afternoon – we found several harbour porpoises, grey seals, a small group of common dolphins, and lots of guillemots, kittiwakes and shearwaters.
Saturday 7th April: It’s been a windy, wet and cold few days so it’s a week since our last trip. Today was much nicer weather, though with a big swell still making things rocky and rolly. We encountered several groups of harbour porpoises, grey seals and seabirds, though unfortunately left the camera on shore.
Saturday 31st March: Less swell but lots of very cold wind today. This made conditions choppy and tricky for looking for wildlife. We saw lots of seals and had a brief glimpse of a dolphin, but much more luck with viewing harbour porpoises on this morning’s trip. There was a good variety of seabirds around including Manx shearwaters and Sandwich terns. This afternoon we saw grey seals and seabirds.
Friday 30th March: Lots of rolling swell today with a big tide made spotting conditions a little tricky. We managed to find three common dolphins, a porpoise and counted about 20 grey seals. Seabird numbers are increasing, including the returning Manx shearwaters.
Wednesday 28th March: We forgot to take the camera a today! We saw lots of grey seals and a variety of seabirds including our first Manx shearwaters of the year and Eddie the eider duck. We also had a lovely sail.
Sunday 25th March: A beautiful spring day with great sailing conditions. We saw three harbour porpoises, three groups of common dolphins, and numerous grey seals. Seabird sightings included gannets, razorbills and a great northern diver.
Wednesday 21st March: We had several wonderful encounters with common dolphins today. We also had lovely views of harbour porpoises, saw lots of grey seals and a variety of seabirds including Eddie eider duck.
Tuesday 20th March: We were carrying out some oceanographic surveying with students from Falmouth Marine School today. The surveying was our main focus however on our way to and from the survey site we saw lots of harbour porpoises and some common dolphins. There were numerous grey seals on St. Clement’s Island and lots of auks out on the water.
Tuesday 13th March: It was great to be back out on the water on a sunny, spring like day. Especially when we were joined by Pierre the lone bottlenose dolphin! We also saw a group of harbour porpoises and a variety of seabirds.