Saturday 5th November: Today was craning day. Shearwater II was lifted safely out of the water ready for her yearly spruce up. It’s been a great year and thanks to all who took a trip with us. We look forward to seeing you in 2017.

Shearwater II being lifted out.

Friday 4th November: Today saw us running our last trip of 2016. It was a little cold and damp to start with but brightened up by the end. We saw lots of harbour porpoises, a grey seal and a variety of seabirds.

Tuesday 1st November: Today we saw multiple pods of common dolphins and lots of harbour porpoises. We also saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Thursday 27th October:  Today we saw common dolphins, harbour porpoises, bluefin tuna and a variety of seabirds.

Wednesday 26th October: It was a little choppy out on the water today. We found common dolphins, grey seals and a variety of seabirds including a pomarine skua.

Tuesday 25th October: Today we saw harbour porpoises, bluefin tuna, a grey seal and a variety of seabirds.

Friday 21st October: Today we saw harbour porpoises, bluefin tuna, grey seals and a variety of seabirds including grey phalaropes.

Wednesday 19th October: Well the whales and the bluefin tuna are still out there. We also saw a grey seal and seabirds.

Tuesday 18th October: Today we saw 2 minke whales, common dolphins, bluefin tuna, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Friday 14th October: Today we saw common dolphins, harbour porpoises, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Monday 10th October: Today we saw multiple pods of common dolphins and a variety of seabirds.

Sunday 9th October: Another great trip with multiple pods of common dolphins and a variety of seabirds.

Saturday 8th October: It was great to get back out today after a week of easterly winds prevented us from running trips. We saw 100s of common dolphins, lots of harbour porpoises, bluefin tuna and a variety of seabirds.


Sunday 2nd October: Today we saw lots of common dolphins, lots of harbour porpoises, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Friday 30th September: Another great day out on the water (if a little choppy). In the morning we saw lots of harbour porpoises, lots of seals and a variety of seabirds. In the afternoon we saw common dolphins, lots of harbour porpoises a grey seal and seabirds including a Balearic shearwater.

Tuesday 27th September: The month has been up and down weatherwise so far so we were glad to get out on the water this afternoon. We saw bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoises and a variety of seabirds.

Friday 23rd September: We headed out this morning before the southerly wind built up and made the sea too rough. It was a great morning and we saw lots of common dolphins, a grey seal and a variety of seabirds.

Tuesday 20th September: We saw three species of cetaceans today: common dolphins, harbour porpoises and bottlenose dolphins. We also saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds. The bottlenose dolphins were a mother and a very young calf. It was unusual to see them alone.

Sunday 18th September: Today we had calm seas. We found common dolphins, a number of pods of harbour porpoises, an ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Saturday 17th September: We saw lots of harbour porpoises, bluefin tuna, grey seals and a variety of seabirds today.

Friday 16th September: Today we saw a minke whale, lots of harbour porpoises, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Wednesday 14th September:  Today we saw common dolphins, harbour porpoises, bluefin tuna, an ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety seabirds.

Tuesday 13th September: Today we saw a minke whale, lots of harbour porpoises, 2 ocean sunfish, a grey seal and a variety of seabirds including a black tern and Balearic shearwaters.

Saturday 10th September: Great to be back out on the water today. We saw minke whales, common dolphins and harbour porpoises on both trips. In the morning we also saw grey seals and in the afternoon a large ocean sunfish. We also saw a good variety of seabirds.

Monday 5th September: Today we saw common dolphins, lots of harbour porpoises, grey seals, an ocean sunfish and a variety of seabirds.

Sunday 4th September: We saw common dolphins, harbour porpoises, an ocean sunfish, grey seals and seabirds including a sooty shearwater today.

Friday 2nd September: Despite today’s challenging conditions we saw lots of harbour porpoises, an ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Thursday 1st September: A new month and the great sightings continue. Today we saw common dolphins, lots of harbour porpoises, an ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Wednesday 31st August: Today we saw two big pods of common dolphins, lots of harbour porpoises, grey seals and a variety of seabirds. (No photos today as they accidently got deleted)

Tuesday 30th August: Today we saw several large pods of harbour porpoises in the morning along with grey seals and seabirds. In the afternoon we found some common dolphins and again multiple large pods of harbour porpoises. We saw a grey seal and seabirds as well.

Monday 29th August: Two great trips today with spectacular harbour porpoises and common dolphins. We also saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Sunday 28th August: We ran two shorter trips today as the sea was roughened by the overnight winds. We saw common dolphins, harbour porpoises, an ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds including Cory’s shearwaters.

Saturday 27th August:  Once again we had multiple sightings of common dolphins  and saw large pods of harbour porpoises. We also saw a big ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Friday 26th August: Multiple common dolphin sightings through the day (100s of animals in total), lots of harbour porpoises with 40 around the boat at one point, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Thursday 25th August: Multiple common dolphin pods and large harbour porpoise pods on both trips today. We also saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds and waders including redshanks and purple sandpipers.  

Wednesday 24th August:  Once again we saw common dolphins and harbour porpoises on both trips today. Multiple small pods of common dolphins and a number of big pods of feeding porpoises. We also saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Tuesday 23rd August: Today we saw multiple pods of common dolphins on both trips. We also saw big pods of harbour porpoises 40 in total along with ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds including Cory’s shearwaters.

Sunday 21st August: We had to run short trips today as the sea was rough further offshore. We saw greys seals, a breaching harbour porpoise and a variety of seabirds including Cory’s shearwaters and lots or storm petrels.

Thursday 18th August: It’s been an unsettled week but we finally managed to get out today. We saw common dolphins and harbour porpoises on both of today’s trips along with grey seals, ocean sunfish and a variety of seabirds including lots of storm petrels, a great shearwater and Cory’s shearwaters 

Sunday 14th August:  Today we saw a minke whale, a basking shark, multiple pods of common dolphins, multiple pods of harbour porpoises, 2 ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds including storm petrels, sooty shearwaters and Balearic shearwaters.

Saturday 13th August: Multiple common dolphin and harbour porpoise encounters today in lovely calm conditions. We also saw an ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds including 100s of Manx shearwaters and storm petrels.

Friday 12th August:  Another day of fantastic sightings. Multiple pods of common dolphins, harbour porpoises, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Thursday 11th August:  Today we saw a few pods of common dolphins, over 50 harbour porpoises, grey seals and a variety of seabirds including many storm petrels.

Wednesday 10th August: We had a cetacean hat trick today! Risso’s dolphin, common dolphins and harbour porpoises. We also saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds. The Red Arrows passed overhead too.

Tuesday 9th August: Today we saw harbour porpoises with one feeding group over 20 strong, we also saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds including sooty shearwaters. 

Monday 8th August: Today we saw common dolphins, more than 40 harbour porpoises, lots of grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Sunday 7th August:  Today we saw common dolphins, pods of feeding harbour porpoises, ocean sunfish both swimming and breaching. We also saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Saturday 6th August: Ocean sunfish, seals and lots of seabirds in the morning (the fog rolled in spoiling our chances of cetacean spotting!). Once the fog cleared in the afternoon we found a playful pod of common dolphins and a restful pod of harbour porpoises along with seals and seabirds. Today’s seabird highlights were storm petrels, Balearic shearwaters and sooty shearwaters. 

Friday 5th August: Another fantastic day of sightings with multiple common dolphin encounters and harbour porpoise encounters throughout the day. We also saw an ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds including storm petrels and Balearic shearwaters.

Thursday 4th August: A few days of rough weather have kept us off the water but we were back out today. We saw bottlenose dolphins, a few pods of common dolphins, harbour porpoises, lots of grey seals and a variety of seabirds.There were 100’s of shearwtaers about today with both sooty and Balearic shearwaters amongst the flocks of Manx shearwaters. We also saw lots of storm petrels.

Sunday 31st July: Today we saw multiple pods of common dolphins and multiple pods of harbour porpoises. We also saw grey deals, ocean sunfish and a variety of seabirds.  

Saturday 30th July: Today we saw a minke whale, multiple pods of common dolphins, multiple pods of harbour porpoises, grey seals and a variety of seabirds including sooty shearwaters.

Listening to common dolphins:

Friday 29th July: Great to be back out on the water after yesterday’s rough weather. We saw multiple pods of common dolphins and harbour porpoises today with 18 separate encounters over both of our trips and a total of 100’s of animals. We also saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds including a Balearic shearwater.

Wednesday 27th July: Lots of common dolphins and harbour porpoises on all trips once again. We also saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds including a Balearic shearwater and lots of storm petrels.

Tuesday 26th July: Once again we saw lots of harbour porpoises and common dolphins on both trips. We also saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds including a Leach’s Petrel and a number of storm petrels.

Monday 25th July: Today we saw common dolphins, 53 harbour porpoises, an ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds. 

Sunday 24th July: Despite the inclement weather conditions we once again saw multiple pods of common dolphins totalling over 100. We also saw a variety of seabirds.

Saturday 23rd July: Yet again we saw common dolphins on all trips including a superpod of 100+. We also saw harbour porpoises, ocean sunfish, grey seals, buoy barnacles (see picture) and a variety of seabirds. 

Friday 22nd July: Another amazing day with common dolphins filling the bay again. We also had lovely views of harbour porpoises both in the morning and afternoon along with ocean sunfish and a variety of seabirds including a great skua.

Thursday 21st July: An amazing day with common dolphins everywhere. We must have seen hundreds throughout the day. We also saw ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds including Cory’s shearwaters. 

Wednesday 20th July: We saw harbour porpoises, ocean sunfish and multiple pods of common dolphins today. There were lots of seals hauled out and we also saw a variety of seabirds including a puffin.

Tuesday 19th July: Today we saw lots of ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Monday 18th July: We saw two large pods of common dolphins today 50+. One on the morning trip and one in the afternoon. We also saw lots of ocean sunfish, grey seals, a variety of seabirds and lots of jellyfish. 

Sunday 17th July:  There were lots of ocean sunfish out there today. We also saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds. Along with the sunfish there were swarms of jellyfish: compass, blue, moon, barrel and comb jellies.

Saturday 16th July: Today we saw common dolphins, lots of ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Friday 15th July: Common dolphins in the morning and Risso’s dolphins in the afternoon today. We also saw grey seals, an ocean sunfish and a variety of seabirds.

Thursday 14th July: Today we saw a leatherback turtle, 6 ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds and jellyfish.

Wednesday 13th July: Today we saw a harbour porpoise, ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Tuesday 12th July: Today we saw harbour porpoises, a breaching ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Monday 11th July:  Today we saw a harbour porpoise, grey seals and a variety of seabirds including an arctic skua.

Friday 8th July: Today we saw harbour porpoises (including a tiny calf), 6 ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Thursday 7th July: Today we had a lovely encounter with a pod of common dolphins. We also saw 3 ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Wednesday 6th July: Today we saw harbour porpoises, ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Tuesday 5th July: We had lovely sailing conditions today and we saw a breaching sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Monday 4th July: Today we saw harbour porpoises, an ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds including Eddie the Eider duck.

Sunday 3rd July:  It was great to be back out on the water after the rough weather. We saw bottlenose dolphins (around 17). We also saw a harbour porpoise, grey seals and a variety of seabirds including puffins.

Thursday 30th June:  Nice to be back out on the water after a couple of days of bad weather. Things are looking changeable for the next few days so we’ll have to take opportunities to get out on the water where we can. Today we saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Monday 27th June: The weather was much brighter today. We saw a harbour porpoise, several ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Sunday 26th June: It was a bit murky and drizzly today. Despite the conditions we had a great trip and saw a large pod of harbour porpoises feeding under gannets, grey seals, a barrel jellyfish and a variety of seabirds.

Saturday 25th June: Today we saw lots of harbour porpoises, grey seals, barrel jelly fish and a variety of seabirds including puffins.

Friday 24th June: Today we saw harbour porpoises, 3 ocean sunfish (one was the largest we’ve ever seen), grey seals and a variety of seabirds. We accidentally deleted the photos so no pictures today I’m afraid.

Thursday 23rd June: Today we saw grey seals, barrel jellyfish and a variety of seabirds.

Wednesday 22nd June:  Today we watched two small pods of harbour porpoises on the edge of the tidal race. We also saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds including a puffin.

Tuesday 21st June: Today we saw a Risso’s dolphins, harbour porpoises, 3 ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds including storm petrels.

Saturday 18th June: Dolphins again today. This time it was a large pod of common dolphins. we also saw harbour porpoises, grey seals, a variety of seabirds and barrel jellyfish. 

Friday 17th June: Today we saw Risso’s dolphins, harbour porpoises, a grey seal and a variety of seabirds including puffins.

Wednesday 15th June: Today we saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds including  a pomarine skua and a puffin.

Tuesday 14th June: There was a stiff breeze today which made for exciting sailing. We saw grey seals both in the water and on the rocks and a variety of seabirds.

Saturday 11th June: Today we saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds including lots of Manx shearwaters and puffins.

Friday 10th June: Another great day with over 100 common dolphins. The inshore pod of bottlenose dolphins, 2 harbour porpoises, lots of grey seals, a breaching ocean sunfish and a variety of seabirds including puffins and storm petrels.  

Wednesday 8th June: A fantastic day today. We saw bottlenose dolphins at the start and end of our trip. It seemed to be a pod of about 17 including two juveniles and a calf. We also saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Tuesday 7th June: The mist was rolling in and out today. We found an ocean sunfish, lots of grey seals and a variety of seabirds including puffins and good numbers of Manx shearwaters.

Monday 6th June: What a day! We found our first common dolphin superpod of 2016 today. Over 100 dolphins feeding with gannets diving and shearwaters circling. We also saw lots of ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds including puffins.

Sunday 5th June:  Today we saw harbour porpoises, a glimpse of a Risso’s dolphin, grey seals and a variety of seabirds including puffins.

Saturday 4th June: Today we saw an ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Friday 3rd June:  We had another fantastic day of sightings today. Risso’s dolphins in the afternoon, ocean sunfish all day along with grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Thursday 2nd June: A fantastic day wildlife watching today. Puffin watching in the morning (we saw over 40 today!) and great dolphin watching in the afternoon followed by fantastic harbour porpoise watching. We also saw grey seals and a variety of other seabirds.

Wednesday 1st June: Today we saw 3 groups of harbour porpoises including lots of calves, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Tuesday 31st May: Today we had a great sail in the fresh northerlies. We saw a variety of seabirds.

A gannet flying past.

Monday 30th May: Today we saw a harbour porpoise, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.  

Sunday 29th May: Today we saw a basking shark, lots of harbour porpoises, 4 ocean sunfish, grey seals and a variety of seabirds including puffins.

Saturday 28th May: Basking sharks on both trips again today. We also saw lots of harbour porpoises (some new born calves), grey seals nnd a variety of seabirds including a pomarine skua and puffins.

Friday 27th May: We had a fantastic day of sightings today. In the morning we saw a basking shark, Risso’s dolphins, grey seals and lots of puffins along with other seabirds. In the afternoon we saw harbour porpoises, seals and a breaching basking shark. We also saw a variety of seabirds.

Thursday 26th May: Hannah an a trip on the Celtic Fox today. They saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds

Monday 23rd May: We saw two basking sharks today. One on our morning trip and one on our afternoon trip. We also saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Sunday 22nd May: Today there were good numbers of harbour porpoises around. We also saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Friday 20th May: Today we saw a large basking shark. It was the largest we’ve seen for sometime. It was feeding off Porthcurno when we first saw it and proceeded to feed whil slowly making its way west. We also saw a number of grey seals and a variety of seabirds including puffins. There seemed to be a lot of great northern divers around today.

Tuesday 17th May: Lovely sighting of Risso’s dolphins today along with common dolphins, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Monday 16th May: Today was a little quieter. We saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Sunday 15th May: Today was one of those days that we will remember forever. It was the day that we saw a bowhead whale in Mount’s Bay. Bowheads are an arctic species so South West Cornwall is well outside there range. I will do a full blog post about it over the next few days. For now you can enjoy the pictures. We also saw Risso’s dolphins, a grey seal and a variety of seabirds.

Saturday 14th May: A fantastic day today. We saw bottlenose dolphins throughout the whole day. 17 of the inshore pod decided to hang around between Penzance and St. Michael’s Mount all day. We also saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds. There are still great northern divers in the bay and Eddie the eider duck iis ever present.

Friday 13th May: Today we saw a basking shark and a number of harbour porpoises. The sea was calm and the sun was shining. We also saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds. Eddie the eider duck was outside the harbour when we returned. We had a visit from a passing bumble bee while out at sea too.

Tuesday 10th May: We had Calm seas and sunshine today, with the odd mist patch. Summer seems to have arrived. We saw common dolphins feeding under gannets, grey seals and a variety of seabirds. The barrel jellyfish appear to be back too.

Saturday 7th May: Lovely calm conditions today. We saw lots of harbour porpoises, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Friday 6th May: A short sail to see the seals today in the warm sunshine. We saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds including great northern divers

Tuesday 3rd May: A little less wind and a little more warmth today (still chilly though!). We saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds. We received a report of a basking shark at Porthcurno after we had finished for the day. Great to know that there are a few around.

Saturday 30th April: Lovely sailing again today. We saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Friday 29th April: Today we saw a common seal, a good number of grey seals and a variety of seabirds including whimbrel and puffins.

Monday 25th April: Still a fresh breeze today making for exciting sailing. We saw harbour porpoises feeding with kittiwakes, Manx shearwaters and razorbills. We also saw grey seals and a number of other types of seabirds. Hannah captured a spectacular sequence of a diving gannet.

Sunday 24th April: Today we had an exciting sail in the strong northerly breeze. We saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Monday 18th April: Another lovely day out on the water. We saw a harbour porpoise, lots of seals and a variety of seabirds. TI have never seen so many sandwich terns feeding in one area as I did today.

Sunday 17th April: The winds calmed today making spotting conditions much easier. We saw a lone bottlenose dolphin and over 20 harbour porpoises. We also saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds including some spectacular Manx shearwater feeding frenzies.

 

Saturday 16th April: The fresh northerly winds continued today making for exciting sailing but choppy waters. We saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds today.

Friday 15th April: Today we saw harbour porpoises, grey seals and seabirds.

Tuesday 12th April: It has been a tricky period weatherwise but we finally got a window to run a trip today. We saw a harbour porpoise, lots of grey seals and a variety of seabirds including puffins.

Tuesday 5th April: The sun shone and we ran 3 trips today. We saw the first basking shark of 2016, harbour porpoises (lovely close up views of one mother and calf) and lots of grey seals. There were also lots of large feeding aggregations of kittiwakes and Manx shearwaters, lots of puffins flying past and a good variety of other seabirds.

Monday 4th April: The sun came out this afternoon and we set out on a rolling sea (swell left over from the weekends winds). We saw several harbour porpoises with very close views of one that swam over to the boat. We also saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Thursday 31st March: The colours were amazing today and added to the spectacular range of wildlife we saw. Once again double figures (more than 20) of harbour porpoises. We also saw common dolphins, grey seals and a variety of seabirds. It was interesting to see a great northern diver transitioning from winter to summer plumage.

Wednesday 30th March: Back out after storm Katie. We saw our first minke whale of the year, a juvenile. There were also lots of harbour porpoises out there as well and grey seals along with a good variety of seabirds including puffins.

Friday 25th March: Another great day on the water with bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, lots of harbour porpoises, lots of grey seals and a variety of seabirds.

Tuesday 22nd March: What a day! Our harbour porpoise count was over 50 in just three hours (Mount’s Bay is without doubt a world class destination for harbour porpoises). We saw two pods of common dolphins and once again unprecedented numbers of grey seals. There were a good variety of seabirds around and we watched a great crested grebe immediately after leaving the harbour.

Sunday 20th March: It was our first trip of 2016 today and we were well and truly rewarded. The inshore pod of bottlenose dolphins put in an appearance. 17 of them with two juveniles and a calf. We also saw a harbour porpoise, lots of grey seals and a variety of seabirds. A kingfisher greeted us back to the harbour to end a lovely trip.

Friday 18th March: We went out for a short test sail today and found harbour porpoises, lots of grey seals and a variety of seabirds including lots of Auks. Great to be back out on the water!

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