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Monday 11th September

We had two Ocean Discovery trips today on a quiet, grey day. On the morning trip we found common dolphins, had great views of harbour porpoises and saw some hunting bluefin tuna. There were also lots of grey seals hauled out on the island. This afternoon everything was rather sleepy – we saw a couple…

Saturday 9th September

It wasn’t possible for it to be any calmer today! There was not a breath of wind and the water was like silk. A perfect summer’s day, only in September. We had a four hour followed by a three hour trip, and spotted lots of common dolphins and harbour porpoises on both. This morning we…

Friday 8th September

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…

Thursday 7th September

Two busy trips today on another warm September day, though it got a little hazy this afternoon. On the morning Discovery Voyage we had great sightings of large pods of harbour porpoises and several groups of common dolphins. We also had lovely views of seals, diving gannets, some bluefin tuna and an ocean sunfish! It…

Wednesday 6th September

The water is full of crystal jellyfish suddenly, as well other species of jellyfish like compass. Until a few years ago these were rarely seen in our waters – another sign of warming seas. We had a four hour followed by a three hour trip and sightings were similar on both, though it was much…

Sunday 3rd September

Once again we saw hundreds of common dolphins throughout the day. We found harbour porpoises on both the morning and afternoon tours and saw sleepy grey seals in the morning. The bird life was once again spectacular as well as the usual suspects we also saw Cory’s, great and sooty shearwaters on both the morning…

Friday 1st September

After the cancellations yesterday due to the foul weather we had an extra long day today, with two Ocean Discovery trips and a postponed Bay Discovery at the end of the day. Sightings were brilliant on all three. On both the three hour trips we saw common dolphins and grey seals, and we had a…

Wednesday 30th August

It was dolphin soup out there today, with masses of common dolphins almost everywhere we went. We started the day with a four hour trip and headed along the coast first to have a look at the sights before heading offshore. With the dolphins we found all the shearwaters we see apart from Balearics –…

Tuesday 29th August

We had three trips today in mainly grey and mizzly conditions. The wildlife was fantastic again though, and the sun came out for the late afternoon Bay Discovery. This morning we had great views of a lunge feeding minke whale, along with scores of common dolphins, bluefin tuna and seabirds including more Cory’s and great…

Monday 28th August

It was a chilly grey day today but we had two awesome trips. A bank holiday whale seems to be becoming a bit of a tradition, and we got one today – a very large minke feeding with common dolphins on this morning’s four hour trip. The northerly wind of the last few days seems…

Saturday 26th August

These long August days are continuing – a three hour trip this morning followed by two 2-hour trips this afternoon. We saw a really good variety of wildlife. We sailed towards the Runnelstone on the northwesterly wind this morning and found lots of harbour porpoises feeding, common dolphins, tuna and lots of seabirds. On the…

Friday 26th August

It was a day of squalls and rainbows. Luckily the squally bits never lasted long, though we had some fairly sharp showers! This morning on the four hour trip we found harbour porpoises, lots of bowriding common dolphins, grey seals, bluefin tuna, and saw the blow of a large whale. This was too big for…