Unless clearly stated, all photos on the sightings page will have been taken that day rather than using a stock image.
Saturday 19th August: Gale force wind yesterday and overnight meant we had to cancel this morning’s 4 hour trip. We did head out this afternoon though and had a good three hour trip considering the conditions further west, seeing common dolphins, a grey seal and enormous numbers of seabirds close to the shore. These were mainly Manx shearwaters and different types of gulls, but there were also gannets, a storm petrel, a great skua and Balearic shearwater spotted.
Thursday 17th August: Quite a rough morning today meant we had to run a 2 hour rather than 3 hour trip. Despite that, there was loads of wildlife seen in the bay – common dolphins, harbour porpoises, sooty shearwaters, Arctic skuas and storm petrels as well as the commoner seabirds. The weather looks rough again tomorrow so we’ll hopefully be back out on Saturday.
Tuesday 15th August: Back out on the water today after a wet and windy day yesterday. We saw common dolphins, bluefin tuna, grey seals, harbour porpoises, and all sorts of seabirds including Balearic shearwaters.
Sunday 13th August: a fabulous day on the water. This morning’s four hour trip found lots of common dolphins, bluefin tuna breaching and at least four rorqual whales – a mixture of minke and juvenile fin whales. The afternoon three hour trip saw another whale, lots of grey seals and some bluefin tuna breaching. This summer is turning into a classic for wildlife, even though the weather is often awful.
Saturday 12th August: Better weather today, with a nice breeze for some exciting sailing. We found lots of common dolphins on both trips, and lots of harbour porpoises too in the morning. The hauled out seals were being very entertaining, and the seabird enthusiasts this afternoon were delighted to see some Great Shearwaters. We also saw a sunfish breaching, several swimming and some bluefin tuna.
Friday 11th August: Back to dismal damp conditions today. Thank goodness the wildlife is making up for this awful summer weather. We saw ocean sunfish, harbour porpoises, common dolphins and grey seals today.
Thursday 10th August: Less wind and more sun today made for great conditions. We saw common dolphins, bluefin tuna, harbour porpoises, grey seals and lots of Manx shearwaters and gannets.
Wednesday 9th August: a strong northerly wind today meant we reefed the sails right down and couldn’t go too far offshore. Luckily there were loads of porpoises close to the coast, who were fun to watch in the choppy conditions. In the afternoon more porpoises were spotted as well as a small group of common dolphins – not easy to watch in that sea state. Grey seals were seen on both trips. There were fewer seabirds seen than in previous days/weeks, but we couldn’t go nearly as far out to sea.
Tuesday 8th August: this morning’s trip was the first one not to see dolphins for a month – as we always say in this game, nothing can be guaranteed! However they did spot harbour porpoises and grey seals. This afternoon’s passengers had more luck with the wildlife with common dolphins and lots of porpoises seen, as well as grey seals. However they had no luck at all with the weather, and endured an apocalyptic rainstorm. We did witness a tornado though, which was quite exciting.
Monday 7th August: Certainly the best whale watching we have ever had at Marine Discovery this afternoon, after a morning spent hunting for them fruitlessly, but with lots of seals, common dolphins and shearwaters. This afternoon’s trip found SIX whales – minkes and fins – lunge feeding in an incredibly productive area, amongst common dolphins and shearwaters. Spectacular stuff. The Fastnet Race was also sailing through Mount’s Bay.
Sunday 6th August: National Whale and Dolphin Watch 2017 finished with a bang with several minke whales spotted, as well as lots of common dolphins and harbour porpoises too. We also spotted an ocean sunfish breaching, grey seals and again an amazing variety of seabirds including sooty and great shearwaters.
Saturday 5th August: August is here! As well as the customary common dolphins – though the minute you “get used” to common dolphins is the minute you need to find another job – we also saw two minke whales, bluefin tuna, thousands of feeding gannets, Manx, sooty, great and Balearic shearwaters, and ocean sunfish and grey seals. It was windy and choppy of course, in this windiest of summers.
Friday 4th August: Well we saw the common dolphins and grey seals again, but also an amazing variety of other wildlife including bluefin tuna (the first of the year for us in Mount’s Bay), an ocean sunfish, and a blue shark feeding at the surface. The seabirds were also incredible, with huge mixed frenzies of Manx, sooty, great and Cory’s shearwaters, storm petrels, gannets and great skuas.
Tuesday 1st August: I feel like I am stuck on repeat! Another choppy day with more sightings of common dolphins, harbour porpoises, grey seals and seabirds on all three of the 3-hour trips we ran today. There are loads of little petrels flitting around amongst the dolphins and bigger birds – mostly European storm petrels, but some Wilson’s petrels amongst them too.
Monday 31st July: July 2017 might be our most dolphin-rich month ever. We found more on both trips today, as well as harbour porpoises and seals. There was also a variety of more unusual seabirds encountered, including Wilson’s petrels and Balearic shearwaters.
Sunday 30th July: Dry and sunny again, but windy (obviously, right?) The three hour trip was shortened to a two hour, and we saw common dolphins, grey seals and seabirds including storm petrels. No photos of the dolphins today, as conditions were too tricky for photography.
Saturday 29th July: The wind dropped and the rain arrived to take its place. However everyone got kitted up in wet weather gear and trips went ahead as planned. The wildlife sightings weren’t affected – we had great views of common dolphins, porpoises, grey seals and seabirds. Where has summer gone?
Thursday 27th July: A bright but very breezy day, so we shortened the three hour trips to two hours. We still managed to find common dolphins, harbour porpoises, grey seals an seabirds including loads of feeding Manx shearwaters and storm petrels.
Wednesday 26th July: We had to cancel this morning’s trip because of wind and heavy rain, but this afternoon went ahead. We found lots of harbour porpoises, several groups of common dolphins, diving gannets and grey seals. We went for an evening sail with family and there was an incredible feeding event going on right in the bay involving gannets, dolphins, gulls and shearwaters, and probably a seal or two as well.
Tuesday 25th July: An awesome day’s wildlife watching here in Mount’s Bay with common dolphins and harbour porpoises seen from the start to the end. We also saw the lone bottlenose dolphin again, a minke whale, a couple of sunfish, grey seals and all sorts of seabirds feeding in big frenzies.
Monday 24th July: Common dolphins, including many small calves, were encountered all day again along with several porpoises. We also saw a lone bottlenose dolphin near the harbour, who had been spotted yesterday in Lamorna behaving rather oddly. All sorts of seabirds including storm petrels and a great northern diver were also spotted, as well as grey seals.
Sunday 23rd July: It was great to be back out on the water again today after a couple of days of really awful weather. There was loads of wildlife around and the sea wasn’t too rough after all the strong wind. We saw harbour porpoises, common dolphins, ocean sunfish, grey seals and seabirds on both trips.
Thursday 20th July: Another day with less than ideal sea conditions! We ran one trip on the catamaran and one on the Celtic Fox both in the morning, and cancelled the afternoon. Despite big swell and a fresh wind, we found common dolphins, harbour porpoises and grey seals on both trips, and saw a variety of seabirds, including lots of feeding gannets.
Wednesday 19th July: After yesterday’s strong wind, the sea was still rather rough this morning which made it tricky to watch the dolphins we did find (even trickier to photograph!). It was easier this afternoon after the sea had calmed down, and the dolphins joined us for a spot of bow riding. We also saw a grey seal and a variety of seabirds.
Monday 17th July: Lots of common dolphins were spotted on both the 4 hour and 3 hour trips today, along with harbour porpoises (trickier to see), a grey seal and lots of seabirds including a great skua. There’s an unsettled spell of weather coming up – hopefully it won’t last too long.
Sunday 16th July: The wildlife in Mount’s Bay is fantastic at the moment. This morning we once again had 100+ common dolphins, this time with a lunge feeding minke whale surrounded by hundreds of shearwaters and gannets furiously feeding. In the afternoon we once again found a couple of pods of common dolphins and also saw a great shearwater feeding with the dolphins and Manx shearwaters. The seals were present on both trips too.
Saturday 15th July: Today we saw common dolphins feeding under Manx shearwaters and gannets, animated harbour porpoises leaping and feeding, grey seals and a variety of seabirds including 2 Sabine’s gulls, a puffin and lots of storm petrels.
Friday 14th July: More wind today meant better sailing but tougher spotting conditions. We still managed to find loads of common dolphins, particularly this afternoon, a harbour porpoise, grey seals all accompanied by thousands of seabirds
Thursday 13th July: An extraordinary day of sightings in Mount’s Bay today, with hundreds of common dolphins spotted, possibly up to a thousand animals feeding with seabirds over a huge area. We also saw harbour porpoises, grey seals and all sorts of seabirds including gannets, shearwaters, and kittiwakes. We also saw an ocean sunfish.
Wednesday 12th July: The wind and rain of yesterday cleared, leaving us with great conditions. A quieter morning with seals and seabirds gave way to an afternoon full of common dolphins. We found multiple pods of between 6 and 30 animals. There were a variety of seabirds feeding with them including storm petrels, gannets, shearwater and kittiwakes.
Monday 10th July: Today was a day of two halves, with the morning being fairly quiet apart from seals and shearwaters, and the afternoon four hour trip seeing both common and Risso’s dolphins.
Sunday 9th July: Common dolphins today, on both trips. There were over a hundred in one group. We also saw harbour porpoises, grey seals, a sunfish and
Saturday 8th July: more dolphins today, this time Risso’s. They were spotted on both trips, feeding and travelling. We also saw grey seals, lots of moon and compass jellyfish, and seabirds including Mediterranean gulls and kittiwakes feeding on sandeels.
Friday 7th July: we were back on Shearwater II today complete with new engine. We had multiple common dolphin sightings on boat the four and three hour trips today, as well as seals and various types of seabirds. There was a also a large smack of moon jellyfish seen.
Tuesday 4th July: Another day on the Celtic Fox – thanks to Mark for stepping in and ensuring passengers who had booked got their trip. Dolphin sightings on both trips today – in the morning Ivybridge School got to see them, grey seals and a sunfish, and there were identical sightings in the afternoon.
Monday 3rd July: we ran two trips on the Celtic Fox today. This morning we saw a minke whale, grey seals a loads of seabirds including sooty shearwaters and storm petrels. This afternoon we were able to get round to the Land’s End area to visit the seal colony. On the way back we saw, among other bird species, an Arctic skua and puffin.
Sunday 2nd July: We saw common dolphins feeding amongst Manx shearwaters on this morning’s four hour trip. There were several small juveniles in the pod.
Saturday 1st July: Back out on the water today after a wet, cold and windy couple of days – yuck! We saw a group of six Risso’s dolphins feeding inshore, and some grey seals and seabirds.
Wednesday 28th June: It’s hard to believe that just a week ago it was nearly 30 degrees. Today was rainy and cold, with a choppy grey sea, and it was difficult to spot wildlife. Grey seals were seen round the island, a porpoises was briefly seen out to sea, and we watched a feeding frenzy of shearwaters and gannets near Gwennap Head. We also deployed a C-POD which will hopefully gather data on cetacean presence in the next few months.
Tuesday 27th June: A dull, murky day. We saw a mother/calf harbour porpoise pair, grey seals and seabirds including common scoters and puffins.
Monday 26th June: Today’s sightings included a large adult minke whale, about thirty common dolphins, a harbour porpoise, five grey seals and numerous seabirds including puffins. Not a bad day at the office.
Sunday 25th June: The fresh WNW wind and big spring tide was making things tricky to spot again today. Some porpoises were briefly glimpsed among the waves, as well as seven hauled out seals and lots of seabirds. There was a great northern diver in summer plumage near Mousehole.
Saturday 24th June: An amazing variety of seabirds was spotted today including some relative rarities: we saw Cory’s and Great Shearwaters, a Great Skua and more kittiwakes than I can ever remember seeing. Hundreds of gannets were flying in big flocks. We also saw grey seals.
Thursday 22nd June: Well the heatwave’s over, but that never stopped wildlife. There was loads of baitfish inshore today, and with the return of the gannets feeding on it rather than mainly shearwaters, we started to see porpoises and common dolphins again. It’s great to see them back. There were grey seals on the island, who seemed to be appreciating the lower temperature. This afternoon we also spotted a lone Risso’s dolphin.
Wednesday 21st June: A hot morning was tempered by a cooling southerly breeze which made the sea much choppier than it has been lately. Two ocean sunfish were spotted and passengers had good views of them swimming at the surface round the boat. Grey seals, seabirds including a sooty shearwater and a another brief surface by a shark species
were also seen.
Tuesday 20th June: we saw the first porpoises we have seen for some time today, which were great to see. A large variety of seabirds was also spotted, including Mediterranean gulls.
Monday 19th June: Today we saw more Risso’s dolphins, lots of ocean sunfish, jellyfish and seabirds on a very hot day.
Sunday 18th June: Another very warm and calm day. We spotted lots of sunfish basking, swimming, breaching and being cleaned by gulls. We also saw grey seals and many species of seabirds including a razorbill chick newly on the water with its dad by its side.
Saturday 17th June: A fantastic day with lots of ocean sunfish, a blue shark, Risso’s dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, grey seals,, hundreds of shearwaters, a puffin and many other seabirds.
Friday 16th June: Another minke whale today, this time a much closer encounter than the other day, as the juvenile whale actively investigated the boat. We also saw three Risso’s dolphins make their way past Gwennap Head in a long rolling swell, thousands of shearwaters including a sooty, and seven grey seals. Not a bad afternoon!
Thursday 15th June: a fresh westerly wind made spotting conditions much tougher today, though we had a great sail. Seven seals were hauled out on the island, and lots of seabirds were feeding in a similar spot to yesterday, including a sooty shearwater.
Wednesday 14th June: we saw our first minke whale of the year today, three brief surfaces out amongst loads of feeding shearwaters, gulls and gannets, and then it was gone. Grey seals were also spotted, and two breaching sunfish amongst all the jellyfish.
Tuesday 13th June: a fantastic day out on the water today. In the morning large numbers of common dolphins and in the afternoon a sleepy pod of Risso’s dolphins. We saw ocean sunfish on both trips along with grey seals and a variety of seabirds including puffins, a greatnorthern diver and multitudes of Manx shearwaters. The sea is thick with jellyfish in certain places we saw 5 species today: comb, blue, moon, compass and crystal.
Monday 12th June: we’ve been port bound for eight days, almost unprecedented for this time of year. The wind calmed this afternoon and passengers saw nine grey seals hauled out, and a pod of about 40 dolphins. I have also noticed jellyfish numbers start to build (blue and crystal jellies in particular)
Sunday 4th June: More Risso’s dolphins this morning in Mount’s Bay, feeding and surfing through the choppy waves. We also saw grey seals and seabirds including storm petrels.
Saturday 3rd June: A porpoise, grey seals and lots of seabirds were spotted today. After a squally morning, the sun came out this afternoon and we had a fantastic sail on the fresh westerly breeze.
Friday 2nd June: We had another Risso’s dolphin encounter this morning – eight individuals gave us some awesome views and provided some excellent photo ID opportunities. We think it’s a group we saw regularly two years ago. We also saw lots of seabirds, a grey seal and a shelduck.
Thursday 1st June: More choppy sea today though it was clearer first thing than it was yesterday. We saw plenty of seabirds, including a great skua, and some grey seals.
Wednesday 31st May: More mist and murk this morning – May 2017 certainly hasn’t been a classic weather-wise, though it brightened up considerably this afternoon. We saw grey seals both in the water and on the rocks, and plenty of seabirds including some more puffins.
Tuesday 30th May: Another murky, choppy day. We saw grey seals, a porpoise and lots of seabirds. We also saw a lot of seal disturbance from kayakers going really close to sleeping seals and scaring them into the water.
Monday 29th May: We saw our first ocean sunfish of the year and another basking shark on this afternoon’s four hour trip. Grey seals and seabirds including puffins were also spotted during the morning and the afternoon.
Sunday 28th May: A fantastic morning today despite the weather, with Risso’s dolphins, common dolphins, grey seals and lots of seabirds spotted. This afternoon’s passengers weren’t as lucky but still saw the seals and hundreds of seabirds.
Saturday 27th May: Last night’s thunderstorm brought with it some very strong wind, which was still blowing this morning, so the 3 hour trip was shortened to 2 hours. We saw some grey seals, seabirds including a great skua, and had a glimpse of a basking shark.
Tuesday 23rd May: A very foggy morning today didn’t adversely affect the sightings. We saw our first basking shark of the year breaching clear out of the water, a mum and calf pair of harbour porpoises, grey seals and seabirds including puffins and storm petrels.
Monday 22nd May: Today we took out the Key Stage 2 children from St Levan School, who were doing some work on marine plastic pollution. They had an exciting sail, saw some seals and fulmars, and learned about how plastic waste affects the animals in our oceans.
Saturday 20th May: There seemed to be much more out there today despite the very fresh westerly breeze – we saw lots of gannets, auks, fulmars, and Manx shearwaters, as well as some grey seals.
Friday 19th May: Slightly calmer, though quiet day on the water today with just seabirds and a seal spotted
Sunday 14th May: Today’s three hour trip had to be shortened to a two hour due to more rough conditions – hopefully the weather will calm down soon. We saw seabirds including a pomarine skua and bottling seals in the surf.
Thursday 11th May: today we took Falmouth Marine School’s Marine Science students. They were mainly surveying seabirds and trawling for plankton.
Tuesday 9th May: Choppy water for today’s trip. We had a south easterly breeze stirring up the waters and making for exciting conditions. We saw grey seals and seabirds, including a great skua. Eddie the eider duck was sheltering in the harbour from the choppy sea.
Monday 8th May:
Today we ran two trips for Plymouth University Master of Science students. We saw a harbour porpoise, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.
Sunday 7th May: We had a lovely trip out today on sparkling blue waters. We saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds and great northern divers.
Tuesday 2nd May: We’ve had a spell of rough weather lately, which has kept is in port. It was great to get back out today and the sunshine was an added bonus. We saw grey seals and seabirds.
Friday 28th April: A bit quieter out there today. We saw grey seals and seabirds including a pomarine skua.
Monday 24th April: Great sightings today. We saw the inshore pod of bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.
Sunday 23rd April: Fantastic common dolphin watching off the West Cornish coast today. We also had lovely sailing conditions and saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds.
Saturday 22nd April: Today we had a lovely sail and some lovely common dolphin watching as they fed under gannets and Manx shearwaters. We also watched grey seals and a variety of seabirds including a number of great northern divers and black throated divers.
Thursday 20th April: Hannah ran a trip on the Celtic Fox today and they saw grey seals and seabirds.
Tuesday 18th April: Today was a day for watching bottlenose dolphins, grey seals and a variety of seabirds
Monday 17th April: Today we saw common dolphins, harbour porpoises, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.
Sunday 16th April: We saw common dolphins, harbour porpoises, grey seals and a variety of seabirds today including Iceland gulls.
Saturday 15th April: Today we saw harbour porpoises, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.
Friday 14th April: Today we saw bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoises, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.
Thursday 13th April: Shorter Bay Discovery trips today. We had great sailing and saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds.
Wednesday 12th April: Today we saw bottlenose dolphins (14 of the inshore pod), common dolphins, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.
Tuesday 11th April: Lots of common dolphins today along with lots of grey seals and a variety of seabirds including an Iceland gull.
Monday 10th April: Today we saw common dolphins, grey seals and a variety of seabirds.
Sunday 9th April: Today we saw lots of harbour porpoises, grey seals and seabirds.
Friday 7th April: Today we saw lots of harbour porpoises, lots of grey seals and a variety of seabirds.
Thursday 6th April: We saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds including great northern divers today on a shorter trip.
Wednesday 5th April: We had a lovely sail today and saw lots of common dolphins at different times during the trip. The last encounter was the best with a large pod of common dolphins feeding with gulls and gannets. We also saw a harbour porpoise and possibly a Risso’s dolphin (it disappeared after an initial distant glimpse). There were a number of grey seals around the island and a good variety of seabirds including lots of Manx shearwaters and a great northern diver and some red necked divers.
Sunday 2nd April: It was much a warmer and calmer today. We saw 3 groups of harbour porpoises and as the photos show got fantastic views. We also saw a number of grey seals and a variety of seabirds.
Saturday 1st April: Just a short trip today because the sea was a little rough after the stormy weather. We saw a number of harbour porpoises, grey seals (including a very friendly female) and a variety of seabirds.
Thusday 23rd March: Today we ran a trip on the Celtic Fox. It was a little wild out on the water but we managed to find some common dolphins, grey seals and a variety of seabirds including a great skua. No photos as Duncan had the camera in Ireland.