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Friday 8th September

common dolphins

There was a really thick mist first thing morning which thankfully lifted enough for us to start trips at 9am as planned. There was no wind but a long rolling swell which, with the lingering mist, made things feel like Monterey Bay! This impression was made even stronger by the large pod of common dolphins we quickly found, which were charging around in sudden rushes, chasing down fish with bluefin tuna. They were followed by diving gannets, squawking gulls and shearwaters. We saw an unprecedented number of great shearwaters, as well as Cory’s and Manxes. This afternoon we saw hundreds more common dolphins, some of which came over to bowride with us through the calm water. We also spotted large numbers of harbour porpoises, some grey seals and sooty shearwaters.