This video demonstrates perfectly why we use the boat we do; when common dolphins are bow riding there is no boat that gives a better view. We saw two big pods of common dolphins today along with the Risso’s dolphins that are still present in the bay. A basking shark obligingly popped up for us too!  

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We saw Risso’s dolphins on both trips today. Must have been at least 30 in the afternoon with some very young claves (newborns) present in the pod.

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It is believed that minke whales are born in the winter and that in the North Atlantic the mothers migrate down to the vicinity of the Canary or Cape Verde Islands. No-one is 100% sure. The minke calves are then lactating and begin the journey north with their mothers. Once they arrive on the northern feeding grounds in Spring time …

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We often see common dolphins doing this. They leap high out of the water and land with a big splash in order to stun and dis-orientate fish. The startled fish then dart into the waiting beaks of other dolphins. Organised co-operative feeding is why dolphins are so successful. Becca timed her shots perfectly to catch the leap.

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We saw Risso’s dolphins on every trip again today. They are still feeding on cuttlefish in Mount’s Bay.  

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Here is a short video of the Risso’s dolphins we saw today. They put on quite a display right next to the catamaran.

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We were sailing along this afternoon with an escort of common dolphins. Truly magical!  

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It was a bit of a grey murky day but that didn’t stop us from seeing our first basking shark of 2015 today. It was a big one too and probably over 7 metres long. The shark was feeding along the tide line just offshore from Porthcurno and kept disturbing the gulls that were rafted on the water. The camera …

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Yesterday we had a call about a cetacean (whales, dolphins and porpoises) washing up dead at Porthcurno. After trips had finished we went over for a look and found a healthy adult female harbour porpoises that had died after becoming entangled in a fishing net. Nets kill indiscriminately and its about time the fishing industry acknowledged this and started working …

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We saw 5 Risso’s dolphins today and luckily for us and all the passengers one of them came over to bow ride. The photos of one of the dolphins are very clear and distinctly show the marks on its body and the notch on it’s fin. These marks allow us to identify individual animals. Excitingly this dolphin was recorded off …

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