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Wednesday 19th June

It was a quieter day today though we covered a wide area of sea searching. This morning on the Bay Discovery we saw grey seals hauled out who were striking a variety of poses – a male, a female and a juvenile for a bit of balance. We then sailed across the bay on the…

Tuesday 18th June

We had a four hour trip this morning in windy conditions. The sea was flat though so we were able to head round into the Land’s End area, where the coast and sea colour looked amazing in the sunshine. We saw a couple of ocean sunfish (it’s so great to be finding them again), grey…

Monday 17th June

What an absolutely cracking day we had today. It seems as though summer has finally arrived with a shift in the airflow and warmer temperatures. In the sea as well, we are starting to see blue jellyfish and ocean sunfish, a sure sign that the fronts have come closer in from offshore. We found three…

Sunday 16th June

It seems as though there are a few sunfish around at the moment. On Sunday afternoon’s Bay Discovery trip, though things were generally very quiet feeling in terms of birdlife and cetaceans, we saw a medium sized sunfish as we sailed across the Bay. This was travelling at the surface so we could see its…

Wednesday 12th June

After a couple of weeks of saying “We have normally seen sunfish by now – but there have been none so far” today we saw three in one morning. A decade ago we used to see so many during the summer, but they have been steadily decreasing the last three years or so. We got…

Tuesday 11th June

Our Discovery Voyage trip this morning was very productive, with perfect sailing conditions and sunny weather – though still cold! We had a great encounter with common dolphins further out, and Duncan spotted a minke whale though it was too quick for the passengers to see. Close to the coast we found a group of…

Monday 10th June

It was a cool and breezy day today, but there was sunshine and a flat sea, so perfect for our Bay Discovery and Ocean Discovery trips. We could see the white waves and the swell further offshore so kept close to the coast. On this morning’s Bay Discovery we sailed past St Michael’s Mount before…

Sunday 9th June

We had a busy day today with a Discovery Voyage followed by an Ocean Discovery trip. This morning we went a long way south and found lots of feeding shearwaters, and were ambushed by a small pod of juvenile common dolphins who enjoyed a spot of bowriding. Closer in we saw several seals hauled out…

Friday 7th June

On our Ocean Discovery sea safari today we stopped at the island to observe the seals as the tide rose. There were several of them still hauled out – it’s always entertaining watching them try and retreat from the rising water before bowing to the inevitable and getting back in. Seals like to do this…

Thursday 6th June

We had an Ocean Discovery trip this morning in perfect sailing conditions though it feels more like April, temperature wise. Heading out we had an encounter with a scattered pod of four Risso’s dolphins – three adults and one calf. The mum/calf pair is the same one we saw yesterday, and the other two adults…

Wednesday 5th June

We had a Bay Discovery followed by a Discovery Voyage trip today. This morning we found four seals hauled out on the island, including “Kelp”. Two of them were getting extremely irritated by one another – it sounded like cats fighting. It was pretty windy, so while we had a good sail, everything else seemed…

Tuesday 4th June

The wind was blowing quite strongly from the west today so our four hour trip became a three hour. This didn’t affect wildlife sightings though. Firstly we found a couple of gulls feasting on the biggest cuttlefish we have ever seen – this was still in possession of its tentacles which indicates it wasn’t killed…