Thursday 30th October – The weather finally gave us an opportunity to get out on the water! We saw a large pod of common dolphins, lots of harbour porpoises and a variety of seabirds including a long tailed skua.

Sunday 12th October – Today we saw 15 harbour porpoises and had them repeatedly popping up feet from the boat. We also saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

 

Saturday 11th October – Today we saw an ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Thursday 2nd October – Today we saw 15 harbour porpoises, lots of grey seals and a variety of seabirds including sooty and balearic shearwaters.

 Monday 29th September – Today we saw a large pod of harbour porpoises, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Saturday 27th September  – We saw 2 minke whales today; an adult and a juvenile. We also saw lots of harbour porpoises, two pods of common dolphins, grey seals, a variety of seabirds and a big barrel jellyfish.

Friday 26th September – We watched a large pod of common dolphins feeding and later had some of them bowride with us. We also saw lots of harbour porpoises, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Thursday 25th September – Today once again we had large pods of harbour porpoises feeding under diving gannets in lots of places. Wea also saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Monday 22nd September – Today we saw lots of harbour porposies feeding under diving gannets, as well as lots of ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds including a great skua

Sunday 21st September – We saw common dolphins and lots of pods of harbour porpoises today. They were all feeding in small pods but were dispersed over a wide area. We also saw a variety of seabirds.

Saturday 20th September – Today we saw a large pod of offshore bottlenose dolphins (60+), grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

 Friday 19th September – We were finally back out on the water today after a prolonged spell of easterly winds and rough weather. We saw harbour porpoises, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Monday 15th September – We’ve had a prolonged bout of easterly winds which have made the sea rough and prevented us from running trips. We decided to take the Scillonian ferry to the Isles of Scilly today for a short break. The criossing is always a good one for spotting cetaceans. We saw multiple pods of common dolphins, multiple pods of harbour porpoises and a minke whale as well as seals and all the usual seabirds. We even spotted phalaropes, Balearic shearwater and a kestrel way out at sea.

Tuesday 9th September – Another great day with common dolphins all day. We also had lovely views of harbour porposies and grey seals. We saw a variety of seabirds including many Balearic shearwaters.

 Monday 8th September  – Today we saw numerous pods of common dolphins throughout the day. We were welcomed home in the afternoon by the bottlenose dolphin pod and in the morning saw two large pods of harbour porpoise and grey seals. We saw a variety of seabirds throughout the day.

 Sunday 7th September  – Today we saw 5 pods of common dolphins, lots of harbour porpoises, an ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

 Saturday 6th September  – A minke whale, 24 bottlenose dolphins (same pod twice), 65 harbour porpoises, an ocean sunfish, 3 grey seals and a variety of seabirds including a sooty shearwater.

 Friday 5th September – Today we saw 5 Risso’s dolphins, 94 harbour porpoises! Grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

 Thursday 4th September – Today we saw Risso’s dolphins, habour porpoises, grey seals and a variety of seabirds including grey phalaropes and a juvenile red necked phalarope.

 Wednesday 3rd September  – Today we saw a harbour porpoise, a grey seal and a variety of seabirds.

Gannets

Tuesday 2nd September – We saw more than 50 harbour porpoises again today and a lone juvenile common dolphin (very strange I hope it’s pod were close by), we also saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds including 1000’s of shearwaters.

 Monday 1st September  – Today we had spectacular harbour porpoises sightings (over 50 individuals in total)  and amazing common dolphins (a superpod this afternoon). We also saw an ocean sunfish, lots of seals and a variety of seabirds including a juvenile puffin, balearic shearwaters and lots of storm petrels

 Sunday 31st August – We had multiple pods of common dolphins on all our trips today along with amazing harbour porpoises in the afternoon. We also saw spectacular shearwater and gannet feeding events, ocean sunfish, lots of grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

# Saturday 30th August – Another minke whale today along with the inshore bottlenose pod including the new calf. We also saw harbour porpoises, lots of grey seals and a variety of seabirds including an arctic skua.

Thursday 28th August  – Today we were only able to run Bay Discovery trips as it was rough offshore. We saw several groups of harbour porpoises, grey seals and a variety of seabirds including large numbers of common, little and arctic terns

 Saturday 23rd August  – Today we saw several groups of harbour porpoises although they were a little tricky to watch, we also saw a grey seal and a variety of seabirds.

Friday 22nd August – Today we saw four pods of habour porpoises, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Thursday 21st August – We saw harbour porpoises, grey seals and a variety of sebirds. Those barrel jellyfish are still about too.

 Wednesday 20th August  – Today we saw what we believe to be a sei whale, we also saw a minke whale (possibly 2), harbour porpoises, a grey seal and a variety of seabirds including a great shearwater.

 Tuesday 19th August  – Fantastic harbour porpoise viewing today. There were lots about! We also saw an ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds including a feeding event involving 100’s of shearwaters, gulls and gannets

 Monday 18th August – Today we saw lots of harbour porpoises in large pods. We also saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Sunday 17th August  – Today we had a brief view of a minke whale. We also saw common dolphins, lots of harbour porpoises, grey seals and a variety of seabirds including large numbers of storm petrels.

 Saturday 16th August  – Today we saw a leatherback turtle, a harbour porpoise, an ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Friday 15th August – Today we saw harbour porpoises, an ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds

 Thursday 14th August  – Today we saw the main bottlenose pod (16) including a new born calf, we saw a number of harbour porpoises, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

 Wednesday 13th August – Today we saw a minke whale, more than 35 harbour porpoises, lots of grey seals, a variety of seabirds and barrel jellyfish.

Tuesday 5th August – Today we saw common dolphins, harbour porpoises, grey seals and a variety of seabirds. (Limited pictures today due to inclement weather)

Monday 4th August  – Today we saw lots of harbour porpoises, 2 risso’s dolphins, an ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Sunday 3rd August  – Today we saw common dolphins (a pod of about 15), a harbour porpoise that bow rode briefly, 3 ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Saturday 2nd August  – Today we had harbour porpoises parade past the boat in both the morning and afternoon. It’s good to see the larger pods startiing to build. We also saw grey seals, and a variety of seabirds.

 Friday 1st August  – Today we saw some tricky harbour porpoises, an ocean sunfish, grey seals, a variety of seabirds and possibly a dwarf sperm whale.

Thursday 31st July – Today we saw a pod of common dolphins, a small pod of Risso’s dolphins, a harbour porpoise, lots of grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

 Wednesday 30th July  – We had a fantastic day today with minke whales on both our 3 hour trips. We also saw harbour porpoises, grey seals, ocean sunfish and a variety of seabirds including thousands of Manx shearwaters, Balearic shearwaters and sooty shearwaters

Tuesday 29th July  – Today we saw common dolphins, harbour porpoises, a breaching sunfish, grey seals, thousands of Manx shearwaters, a vareity of other seabirds and a vareity of jellyfish.

Monday 28th July  – Today we saw a harbour porpoise, aspectacular gannet feeding event, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Sunday 27th July – Today we saw lots of grey seals, barrel jellyfish and a variety of seabirds. 

Saturday 26th July – Today we saw a pod of common dophins, harbour porpoises, and ocean sunfish, grey seals, a variety of seabirds and rhizostoma jellyfish.

Friday 25th July – In the morning we saw a number of harbour porpoises throughout the trip and in the afternoon we saw common dolphins. We also saw grey seals, avariety of seabirds and lots of jellyfish.

Thursday 24th July – Today we had a cetacean hat trick (3 whale and dolphin species in a trip/day). A large pod of Risso’s dolphins, multiple large pods of common dolphins and lots of harbour porpoises. We also saw grey seals and lots of different species of jellyfish (barrel, compass and blue) along with a variety of seabirds including a puffin.

Wednesday 23rd July – Today we saw harbour porpoises, 2 ocean sunfish, a grey seal, a distant breaching Risso’s dolphin and a variety of seabirds.

Tuesday 22nd July  – Today we saw a basking shark, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Monday 21st July – Today we saw grey seals, a variety of seabirds and rhizostoma jellyfish.

 

Sunday 20th July – Today we saw lots of harbour porpoises, 4 ocean sunfish including one breaching, grey seals in a number of different places and a variety of seabirds.

Saturday 19th July – Today we saw lots of harbour porpoises and got spectacular views in the morning. We also saw 2 ocean sunfish, lots of grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Thursday 17th July – Today we saw habour porpoises, 2 ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds. 

Wednesday 16th July  – Today we saw two different pods of common dolphins, a pod of harbour porpoises, and ocean sunfish, a variety of jellyfish and a variety of seabirds including a long tailed skua.

Tuesday 15th July  – Today we saw bottlenose dolphins on both trips. We also saw lots of harbour porpoises in many different places, lots of grey seals, a variety of seabirds and compass, blue and barrel jellyfish.

Monday 14th July – Today we saw harbour porpoises feeding under gannets, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Sunday 13th July  – Today we saw good numbers of harbour porpoises in the afternoon (but they were tricky to photograph today), grey seals and a variety of seabirds. The barrel jellyfish are still around in large numbers.

Saturday 12th July – Today we saw a harbour porpoise, 2 breaching ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Friday 11th July – We had bottlenose dolphins (a pod of 8) on all our trips today. We also saw harbour porpoises on all trips along with grey seals and seabirds.

Thursday 10th July – There were lots of harbour porpoises around today although some were sneaky and difficult to watch. We also saw a number of grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Wednessday 9th July – Five different pods of common dolphins, over 100 animals, throughout the day. Some were feeding, some were travelling, some were resting. We also saw 15 harbour porpoises, and ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Tuesday 8th July – Risso’s dolphins once again today! Along with more than 25 harbour porpoises, 4 ocean sunfish, grey seals, Rhizostoma jellyfish and a variety of seabords. We watched a large pod of harbour porpoises under a spectacular gannet feeding frenzy this afternoon.

Monday 7th July – Today we saw a pod of 50 common dolphins, a harbour porpoise, a breaching ocean sunfish, a grey seals and a variety of seabirds

 Sunday 6th July – Today we saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds on a fantastic adventure sail.

Saturday 5th July – We saw common dolphins up to 50 in total, an ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds. We also watched the shelduck family swimming round the island.

  Thursday 3rd July – Today we saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds. We watched a spectacular dogfight during which an oystercatcher chased off a greater blackbacked gull.

Wednesday 2nd July – We saw lots of grey seals, a variety of seabirds including flocks of Manx shearwaters and a few different species of jellyfish including a number of compass jellies

Monday 30th June – Today we saw grey seals and seabirds including lots of razorbills and Manx shearwters.

Sunday 29th June – Today we saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds. The rhizostoma jellyfish are still around.

Saturday 28th June – Today we saw an ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

 Tuesday 24th June – Today we had some friendly harbour porpoises surf right up to and under the boat. We also saw a variety of seabirds and rhizostoma jellyfish.

Monday 23rd June – We saw 2 ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds today. The re still lots of rhizostoma jellyfish around and over the last few days we’ve been seeing compass, blue, moon and comb jellyfish (the ones that have their own disco lightshow)

 

Sunday 22nd June – Today we saw Risso’s dolphins, 8 of them, slowly travelling westwards. We also found a pod of common dolphins and  lots of harbour porpoises throughout the day. We saw an ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds including pomarine skuas.

Saturday 21st June 

Another choppy day. Today we had lovely views of a puffin saw a variety of other seabirds and once again rhizostoma jellyfish. Finally the strong easterly winds look to be calming down.

Puffin

Friday 20th June 

It was very choppy today. We saw rhizostoma jellyfish and a variety of seabirds. There was a pair of peregrine falcons hunting along the cliff tops and we saw our shelduck family.

Wednesday 18th June – Today we saw grey seals, rhizostoma jellyfish in large numbers and a variety of seabirds

Tuesday 17th June – We saw over 50 common dolphins today. It appeared to be a nursery pod with lots of new borns so we kept a respectful distance. we also saw a harbour porpoise, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Monday 16th June – Today we saw bottlenose dolpins, a harbour porpoise, grey seals, a variety of seabirds and lots of rhizostoma jellyfish.

Sunday 15th June – Today we saw a mother and calf harbour porpoise, an ocean sunfish, grey seals, a variety of seabirds and lots of rhizostoma

Saturday 14th June – We had some lovely harbour porpoise sightings this today. We also saw an ocean sunfish, grey seals, lots of rhizostomas and a variety of seabirds

Friday 13th June – Another glorious day today we saw a number of harbour porpoises in a few different places, lots of grey seals, rhizostoma jellyfish, blue jellyfish and a variety of seabirds

 Thursday 12th June – Today we saw harbour porpoises, a basking shark, ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Wednesday 11th June – We ran a short trip today and saw grey seals, rhizostoma jellyfish and seabirds. It’s interesting that there are still Great Northern Divers in the bay.

Monday 9th June – It was fairly rough on the water today. We headed out for one trip and saw an ocean sunfish, grey seals, and a variety of seabirds including a pomarine skua.  Only one picture today as conditions made photos tricky.

Tuesday 3rd June – Today we had a great variety of wildlife. We saw a minke whale (our first of the year), a basking shark, 11 harbour porpoises, a breaching ocean sunfish, lots of grey seals and a variety of sea birds.

Monday 2nd June – Today we saw grey seals, barrel jellyfish and a variety of sea birds including a juvenile puffin.

Saturday 31st May – We saw and ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of sea birds today.

Friday 30th May – We saw lots of harbour porpoises today (they same to be gathering in larger groups) and had some pop up right next to the boat and saw one breach. We also saw 3 ocean sunfish; one was being cleaned by gulls. The grey seals were on the rocks in their usual places and a we saw variety of sea birds

Thursday 29th May – Today we saw harbour porpoises first a small pod of 3 and later a lone individual. We saw lots of grey seals and a good variety of sea birds. There where lots of Rhizostoma jellyfish close to the shore and we saw a flock of common scoters too.

Wednesday 28th May – Another lovely day with a nice breeze for sailing. We saw our first ocean sunfish of the year today and there were two of them.  We also had a pod of harbour porpoises feeding under diving gannets. We saw a lot of grey seals and a variety of sea birds. Rhizostoma are still everywhere!

Tuesday 27th May – It was a lovely sunny day today. We saw lots of grey seals in a number of different places and a variety of seabirds including puffins. There are still loads of Rhizostoma jellyfish around.

Monday 26th May – We saw lots of pirates today as Penzance attempted to regain the record for the most pirates in one place. On our trips we saw harbour porpoise, grey seals and a good variety of seabirds.

Sunday 25th May  – Today we saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds including a number of puffins, lots of storm petrels, flocks of common terns and 100’s of Manx shearwaters.

Friday 23rd May – We had fun sailing today in the breezy conditions and managed to find some great wildlife too. We had harbour porpoises in two different places, a basking shark, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Tuesday 20th May – It was a bit choppier out on the water today. We had a lovely sail and saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds including a pomarine skuas.

Sunday 18th May – Today we saw a basking shark, harbour porpoise, lots of grey seals in a variety of places and seabirds including a puffin. We had nice views of a Great Northern Diver in summer plumage.

Saturday 17th May– Today we saw an engaging bachelor pod of bottlenose dolphins on a number of occasions throughout the day.  We also saw harbour porpoises, lots of grey seals, a good variety of seabirds and once again loads of Rhisotoma jellyfish.

Friday 16th May – Today we saw a travelling pod of Risso’s dolphins one of which decided to breach multiple times. We also saw harbour porpoises in several places, a strangely marked basking sharks and grey seals in a variety of places including some in the water and some out of the water. There are good numbers of seabirds around at the moment in particular large numbers of Manx shearwaters and auks.

Tuesday 13th May – Due to the windy weather it’s been a whole week since we’ve been out.  Today we did three short trips with some German students and saw grey seals, barrel jellyfish (rhizostoma pulmo) and a variety of seabirds.  There was a Great Northern Diver looking splendid in its summer plumage and a female eider duck as well.

Tuesday 6th May – We made the most of a weather window this morning to get the best of the weeks weather. The sea was still a little lumpy which made spotting conditions tricky.  We saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds including 100’s of Manx shearwaters.

Sunday 4th May – Today we saw several basking sharks, there seemed to be a lot around, but they were feeding low in the water so hard to spot and watch in the choppy conditions.  Finally our patience paid off and we got some good views.  We also saw a harbour porpoise and lots of grey seals.  There were a good variety of seabirds around too.

Saturday 3rd May –Today we saw a small pod of bottlenose dolphins, lots of grey seals, rhizostoma pulmo – barrel jellyfish and a variety of seabirds including a puffin.

Friday 2nd May –Today we saw another breaching basking shark (no photos today), two harbour porpoises, grey seal an a variety of seabirds including a puffin. There were lots of rhizostoma pulmo – barrel jellyfish in the bay today.

Thursday 1st May – It was a bit breezy out on the water today making for an exciting sail.  We saw two harbour porpoises (possibly the same animal twice during the trip) it was surfing through the waves and both times came in close to inspect the boat.  We also saw grey seals and a good variety of seabirds.  There are still Greta Northern Divers in the bay.

Tuesday 29th April – It was lovely and calm today and we had a fantastic trip.  We saw 2 basking sharks ( 6 metres and  2 metres),  4 harbour porpoises including a mother and calf, 5 grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Saturday 26th April – It was too rough for trips today but we received a call about a lone bottlenose dolphin hanging around the harbour. We went down to investigate and finally found him at Newlyn.  It turned out to be a well known dolphin named Clet.  More information here.

Friday 25th April – We headed out before the storm came in today.  The sea was slightly choppy with a swell running so spotting conditions were tricky.  We saw a grey seal and a good variety of seabirds including a puffin.

Tuesday 22nd April – Despite it being a little murky and drizzly we ran a trip today and it was lucky we did because we saw common dolphins (a pod of about 20), grey seals on the rocks and an abundance of seabirds including lots of Manx shearwaters, gannets, guillemots, razorbills and puffins.

Sunday 20th April-It was still a little choppy out there so we only scheduled one trip.  Spotting conditions were tough but there seemed to be a lot of bird activity including large numbers of feeding shearwaters and auks.  We also saw grey seals hauled out on the island.

 

 

 

 

Saturday 19th April – Today we headed out on a 1 1/2 hour trip in the morning and saw lots of grey seals on the rocks and a variety of seabirds.  Unfortunately the south easterly wind whipped up a rough sea so we had to cancel our longer trips today. We had a report of lots of common dolphins to the west so we are looking forward to getting out for longer trips tomorrow.

 

Friday 18th April – Sunshine and a gentle breeze meant we had a lovely afternoon out on the water.  We saw lots of grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Thursday 17th April – Today we saw 80 common dolphins spread out in groups feeding, grey seals on the rocks and in the water and a variety of seabirds including our first puffin of the year.

Some of the common dolphins came over for a closer look –

Monday 14th April – Today we saw a first basking shark of the year and it breached twice! Hannah managed to get a sequence.  We also saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds

Sunday 13th April – Today we saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds in great sailing conditions.

Saturday 12th April – Today we had a lovely sail and saw lots of grey seals and a good variety of seabirds including our first puffins of the year and a great northern diver.  There are still good numbers of guillemots and shearwaters around.

Thursday 10th April – Another great day out on the water with three harbour porpoises, lots of grey seals in the water and on the land, and once again a good variety of seabirds.

Wednesday 9th April – Today was a fantastic day withe bottlenose dolphins a number of grey seals, a good variety of seabirds and a great northern diver.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 8th April – We set off for our first trip of the year in bright sunshine and a stiff westerly wind.  This made for great sailing conditions but choppy spotting conditions.  We saw a grey seal and a good variety of seabirds including good numbers of Manx shearwaters, noisy sandwich terns and good numbers of auks.  It was great to see so many healthy guillemots and other birds after the stormy winter.

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