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Friday 28th June

common dolphins

This morning’s Ocean Discovery trip was cold, grey and choppy but the wildlife made up for it. We had a tip there were lots of dolphins further south so headed that way quickly, but everything seemed quiet. We then sailed westwards into the bouncy sea, and suddenly lots of common dolphins rushed up and surrounded us. We had an awesome encounter under full sail. After they had left us we headed inshore and found several seals hauling out on the rocks. The wind dropped a bit this afternoon, and we had some entertaining seal action as two of them snapped and growled at each other. One of the poor things seemed to have the same fungal looking infection as another one had last year. She otherwise looked healthy and fat, though bad tempered. Conditions were perfect for setting the spinnaker this afternoon and we had a tranquil sail, finding still more dolphins. The sun came out!