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.
Friday 15th June: we had more sightings of grey seals than we have had for some time today, in the spots we expect to see them. This is slightly encouraging. We heard talk of common dolphins further out, but didn’t catch up with them today.
Wednesday 13th June: Lovely views of a really brave adult puffin on the water today, showing off its vibrant colours and magnificent beak. We also had a brief encounter with the bottlenose dolphin pod – about 20 of them – as they rushed along the coast, a few grey seals and lots of other species of seabirds too.
Monday 11th June: We found seals and porpoises on this morning’s four hour trip, though it was quiet for birds (no photos of this trip as the camera was left on land by mistake). On the afternoon Bay Discovery we had close up views of HMS Queen Elizabeth RO8 and accompanying vessels, plus the lifeboat plus the Mali Rose. What with all that going on it was rather quiet for wildlife sightings.
Sunday 10th June: Beautiful calm conditions this morning helped us see some feeding seabirds from a very long way away. These gannets, kittiwakes, puffins and guillemots led us to a large group of common dolphins who were hunting along with some very small calves. As the feeding slowed they came over to the boat, giving everyone an exceptional encounter. We also saw a porpoise. More porpoises, seabirds and a seal this afternoon though the dolphins had moved on.
Saturday 9th June: Another brisk easterly breeze was blowing today, which made it choppy and hard to spot wildlife offshore, so we went round Gwennap Head into the Land’s End area for a bit of shelter. The seals were on very fine form!
Friday 8th June: We had a good couple of trips today, seeing puffins, porpoises, Risso’s dolphins, common scoters and seabirds including lots of kittiwakes and Manx shearwaters.
Thursday 7th June: Today we ran our second lighthouse trip of the week, taking members of the Association of Lighthouse Keepers out to Longships. After some quite tidal racy sections of water, it was much calmer around the rocks and the lighthouse. There were lots of very nosy seals, and loads of seabird activity including kittiwakes, puffins and shearwaters.
Wednesday 6th June: A quieter morning on the Bay Discovery at high tide, with just seabirds and waders seen. The afternoon four hour trip was quite productive, with porpoises, sunfish, grey seals and seabirds including puffins spotted.
Tuesday 5th June: we had gloomy mizzly conditions for much of this morning’s four hour trip. We went all the way out to the Epson shoal for the first time this year and then back to the coast near Land’s End. There were lots of puffins about, Manx shearwaters, kittiwakes and some grey seals
Monday 4th June: We had much better conditions for today’s trips and the calm sea helped us spot common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and grey seals on the morning Ocean Discovery trip. During the afternoon, we went out to the Wolf Rock Lighthouse on a charter and on the way we saw many storm petrels. a couple of harbour porpoises, a common dolphin and round the rock itself five seals.
Sunday 3rd June: “When the wind is in the east, ’tis neither good for man nor beast” and so it was proved today, with steep, choppy waves making wildlife spotting really difficult. We had to do an amended route to hide from this a little, meaning we found just three grey seals and a few seals. We had a good sail though!
Saturday 2nd June: Very choppy today with a stiff southerly breeze blowing. This morning’s 3 hour trip was very quiet for sightings. In the afternoon the breeze dropped a bit so we did the 4 hour trip after all. We saw a grey seal, seabirds, choughs harrying a buzzard, and then we had a real treat towards the end of the trip – a great encounter with a large group of Risso’s dolphins.
Friday 1st June: Today was certainly a day of two halves. Mirror calm conditions this morning helped us have a magical porpoise encounter with two groups of adults and calves. We also saw an ocean sunfish, puffins and lots of other seabirds. This afternoon a southwesterly wind blew in some mist and drizzle and some rather choppy conditions, making wildlife spotting tough. We saw some more puffins and a grey seal.
Thursday 31st May: today started with some exceptionally dense fog, but at least it was calm and wasn’t raining. The fog started clearing late morning, and in the meantime we found lots of puffins and guillemots, a great northern diver, two ocean sunfish and a seal. This afternoon’s four hour passengers saw several harbour porpoises, some grey seals both alive and unfortunately one dead female floating south of Mousehole.
Wednesday 30th May: we had rather relentless rain all day, but it didn’t dampen spirits. We had a lovely three hour trip this morning, seeing unprecedented numbers of puffins and storm petrels, and two groups of harbour porpoises. A minke whale was also briefly spotted near the coast.
Tuesday 29th May: The excellent sightings for the time of year continued today with an awesome encounter with a curious young minke whale, which circled the boat giving everyone amazing views. We also saw harbour porpoises, grey seals and seabirds.
Monday 28th May: both trips saw harbour porpoises today, though there were more on the first trip than the second. We also saw a grey seal, lots of manx shearwaters and a variety of jellyfish.
Saturday 26th: today started off calm and warm and finished being very windy – but still warm! This morning’s passengers had all the luck with sightings, spotting seals, a sunfish, and some porpoises as well as all the seabirds. This afternoon was extremely quiet in terms of wildlife, but we had a great sail in the building northeasterly wind.
Friday 25th May: we had an awesome encounter with the bottlenose dolphin pod on today’s 4 hour trip, and were treated to some spectacular leaps just off Porthgwarra. We also saw porpoises, puffins and grey seals
Thursday 24th May: a cooler, misty day today, but the sea was still calm. There were lots of seabirds to see including puffins, razorbills and kittiwakes and we also found two ocean sunfish. A group of five or so harbour porpoises were spotted feeding in the tidal race.
Wednesday 23rd May: More common dolphins and porpoises were spotted this morning and a good variety of seabirds. This kind of feeding can be unusual for May in Mount’s Bay. The afternoon trip was a bit quieter, though we did find two groups of porpoises and lots of seabirds including our first storm petrel of the summer.
Tuesday 22nd May: Much more wind today gave us great sailing conditions and we ran a Bay Discovery followed by a Discovery Voyage trip. The morning was very quiet with a single seal spotted, but the afternoon four hour trip came up trumps and we saw an amazing gannet and common dolphin feeding frenzy. We also saw a couple of grey seals.
Monday 21st May: A beautiful day today with lots of wildlife. Seabirds had returned to the inner part of the bay with a vengeance, including loads of shearwaters, guillemots, razorbills and fulmars. We also saw a puffin. On both trips today we found a maternal pod of about 15 common dolphins, and this morning’s passengers also saw porpoises. This afternoon’s people were lucky enough to see three ocean sunfish.
Sunday 20th May: A southerly breeze this morning chopped the sea up, making spotting conditions a bit tougher. We had a fun sail in the May sunshine, seeing seabirds including lots of kittiwakes and some seals.
Saturday 19th May: The warmer, calm conditions continued with some members of the team now actually in shorts! (not me). We saw a harbour porpoise, lots of grey seals both hauled out and offshore, and seabirds. The sea is suddenly full of zooplankton and fry.
Friday 18th May: Warmer and calmer today than it was earlier in the week. We had good views of a harbour porpoise, though it was a bit quieter offshore. Near the end of the trip we spotted five seals and a couple of great northern divers. Maybe it’s warming up at last?
Wednesday 16th May: Another ridiculously cold day with a brisk northeasterly wind. It’s hard to believe it’s mid May. Sightings continue to be May-like, with some big male seals on the island, a variety of seabirds and a lone porpoise who did some very high dolphin-like surfaces. We had a pretty good sail on that wind though!
Tuesday 15th May: A rather chilly grey day on the water, but there was a lot of wildlife about. The morning passengers on the four hour trip saw loads of seabirds, grey seals and the bottlenose dolphin pod. The afternoon people saw seals and a juvenile minke whale!
Monday 14th May: The pleasant conditions continued this morning. We had lovely views of a harbour porpoise, several grey seals and seabirds.
Sunday 13th May: Much nicer conditions all round today. On this morning’s Ocean Discovery we saw our first ocean sunfish of 2018, which is a couple of weeks earlier than normal. We also saw grey seals and seabirds on a beautiful though still chilly day.
Saturday 12th May: another day of large swells and choppy waves and as an added treat, a freezing cold downpour. Thank you to the people who came out with us today! Sightings were thin on the ground, with a couple of seals and seabirds including puffins spotted.
Thursday 10th May: more difficult conditions with a big swell running and fresh westerly breeze. We saw seals and seabirds including ganents, kittiwakes and guillemots
Tuesday 8th May: grey seals and seabirds, including juvenile and adult puffins, today in wet then windy conditions. We had a great sail back into the bay once the rain stopped and the wind got up.
Monday 7th May: The final day of the May Bank Holiday weekend continued with sunshine and calm sea. The morning Bay Discovery trip found the bottlenose dolphin pod, a grey seal and seabirds including a Great Northern Diver. The afternoon Discovery Voyage trip went round to the Land’s End area, where they found some very curious seals at the colony, a variety of seabirds and finally some common dolphins. While watching the dolphins, a seal popped up nearby.
Sunday 6th May: Another stunningly beautiful day with unbroken sunshine and calm water all day. We saw a porpoise, grey seals and seabirds including an immature puffin.
Saturday 5th May: Today was a beautiful day on the water and we saw seals and seabirds including puffins. We also had a really good sail on a sudden northerly breeze.
Friday 4th May: We had a lovely spring trip today, and finally it’s slowly getting warmer. We saw grey seals and several species of seabirds including puffins and sandwich terns. Our to the west we had the best porpoise encounter we have had so far this season, with about seven individuals repeatedly surfacing near the boat.
Thursday 3rd May: Back out to sea again today after a windy few days. It seems as though the wind brought a lot more activity closer to our shores and we had a very productive day, spotting our first minke whale of 2018, common dolphins, a basking shark, a porpoise, several grey seals and loads of seabirds including huge numbers of guillemots and a puffin.
Sunday 29th April: Very much like yesterday for weather and sightings, with bright sunshine and a freezing cold wind making it feel more like March than late April. We spotted grey seals and seabirds in difficult, choppy conditions.
Saturday 28th April: We were treated to some lovely April sunshine today, which made the coastline look spectacular. We saw grey seals and a variety of seabirds.
Thursday 26th April: More common dolphins today at the end of a three hour trip as we sailed back into the bay. We also saw grey seals and seabirds including lots of gannets, and a large flock of whimbrel
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.