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.
Tuesday 29th September: We had more sun and less wind today, and a great day’s wildlife watching. The morning trip saw grey seals, lots of porpoises and had really clear views of a minke whale – the first one for a little while. During the afternoon we saw more harbour porpoises, though they were tricky to spot, but the absolute stars of the show were the bluefin tuna. We saw repeated leaps from some really big fish.
Monday 28th September: The weather was mainly misty and grey today, with a building southwesterly wind and sea state and some rain in the afternoon. Nice! The morning trip continued the pattern of being rather quieter again, though we saw plenty of seals and some spectacular leaping tuna. Too hard to capture on camera though. We also had glimpses of feeding porpoises under gannets. This afternoon it all started firing, with wonderful views of porpoises right by the boat, jumping tuna, and common dolphins at the end of the trip. Seabird sightings included lots of Balearic shearwaters and a great skua.
Sunday 27th September: We had more strong northerly breeze this morning, though it dropped a bit by the afternoon. This morning we saw grey seals and harbour porpoises and had an excellent sail offshore. This afternoon we saw more harbour porpoises and had amazing views of leaping bluefin tuna. They were clearing the water like bottlenose dolphins.
Saturday 26th September: Thursday and Friday were cancelled because of howling wind and it was still a bit howly today. There were porpoises and tuna around this morning, but it was hard to spot them. We saw a seal hauled out on the island, but overall it was the quietest trip we have had for some time. This afternoon we had more luck with a close encounter with some harbour porpoises and common dolphins.
Wednesday 23rd September: We were fighting conditions a little today, as rougher weather rolls in for a few days. During the morning we found a pod of common dolphins. There were some feeding porpoises under some gannets, but it was rather rough so only I could see them! We had good views of seals as we came in. Similar species in the afternoon, though it was just one dolphin and it was doing a curious splashing routine. There were also bluefin tuna spotted through the trip. Seabirds included more Balearic shearwaters.
Tuesday 22nd September: It was much duller today but still nice and calm. We saw several groups of harbour porpoises as well as a very interactive group of common dolphins on the morning trip. There were unusual numbers of Balearic shearwaters spotted. In the afternoon we saw more common dolphins, several grey seals, seabirds and a Brent goose!
Monday 21st September: Another cracking day on the water. On both trips we saw huge numbers of harbour porpoises – suddenly the bay is full of them. We recorded scores on each trip. We also had a brief encounter with a small group of common dolphins on both trips, as well as seals and seabirds.
Sunday 20th September: What an absolutely beautiful day – calm, warm and mellow. This morning’s 4 hour trip saw lots of harbour porpoises, a minke whale, common dolphins and grey seals. We had a Bay Discovery trip right on the very low spring tide, and saw several seals hauled out. We then spotted two mother/calf porpoise pairs swimming right by the coast. Further out in the bay we found a maternal pod of common dolphins who had some really tiny calves with them – they were dashing around energetically and enjoying interacting with the boat.
Saturday 19th September: Calmer today after two days of very strong wind.This morning we found a pod of over 100 common dolphins quite close inshore, and we had great views as they bowrode “Shearwater II”. We also saw several grey seals. During the afternoon we saw lots more dolphins, grey seals, bluefin tuna and we and amazing views of a large adult minke whale feeding with the gannets, dolphins and tuna.
Wednesday 16th September: The wind grew steadily through the day but at least it blew the mist away. This morning unusually we didn’t see any dolphins! However we had amazing views of a large shoal of feeding bluefin tuna, as well as grey seals. This afternoon we saw more tuna, harbour porpoises and surfing common dolphins.
Tuesday 15th September: It was a day of two halves with fog and mizzle in the morning, followed by clear September sunshine in the afternoon. However the wildlife sightings were fabulous all day. We spotted common dolphins, seals, bluefin tuna and harbour porpoises in the morning and very excitingly we saw a fin whale! In the afternoon there were 100s of common dolphins around and they were very interactive with the boat giving everyone beautiful views. We also had lovely views of harbour porpoises.
Monday 14th September: Another lovely warm day, though there was a choppy sea after the strong southeasterly wind overnight. We found over 100 dolphins in the bay this morning who we watched feeding with gannets. We also saw a few seals. On the afternoon 4 hour trip, we saw hundreds more common dolphins as well as two large groups of harbour porpoises, though they were hard to watch in the choppy sea. Seabirds included grey phalaropes and sandwich terns.
Sunday 13th September: A beautiful late summer day with warm sunshine and a southerly breeze. This morning we had great views of feeding and bowriding common dolphins as well as some seals. This afternoon we found a small maternal groups of mother dolphins and calves, and seabirds including a great skua. Later in the trip we were lucky enough to see a pod of offshore bottlenose dolphins who have been in the bay in the last week or so. This was only our second bottlenose dolphin encounter of 2020.
Saturday 12th September: We had a lovely day today, with a Discovery Voyage followed by a Bay Discovery. There were so many dolphins around on both trips! We also saw a few greys seals and seabirds. There are lots of Manx shearwaters still around.
Friday 11th September: It was greyer and windier than it was yesterday, but there was still lots of wildlife to see. On the morning four hour trip we found lots of common dolphins, some tuna and some seal as well as seabirds. On the afternoon 3 hour trip, we found all that again, plus a couple of large groups of feeding harbour porpoises. September is usually a great month for seeing porpoises.
Thursday 10th September: It was lovely to have blue sky and sunshine all day today. In the morning we had great views of lots of common dolphins including tiny calves rushing around and learning to leap! In among them there were some truly enormous blufin tuna, and we had great views of them as they breached. We also saw a harbour porpoise.The afternoon passengers had great views of feeding tuna, and a Pomarine skua chasing a kittiwake, as well as dolphins at the end of the trip and grey seals.
Wednesday 9th September: This morning we had a 4 hour trip, and the visibility wasn’t great. Choppy too! We managed to find a pod of dolphins with a really small calf way offshore, who were quite sociable, and some bluefin tuna. There were lots of seals round the island on the way in. This afternoon we had our first trip for 2 months with no dolphins! there were lots of porpoises feeding but they were tricky to watch, and grey seals.
Tuesday 8th September: It was a much sunnier day today and easier to find wildlife. Common dolphins were in several little groups around the bay and this afternoon we also spotted some tuna breaches. We also saw lots of grey seals.
Monday 7th September: It was mostly a chilly grey day today, but the sun came out at the end of the afternoon. We saw common dolphins on both trips and on the afternoon trip, we also saw a minke whale (no photo though). There were stacks of seals hauled out on the island and we also saw gannets, fulmars and Manx shearwaters.
Saturday 5th September: Just the one trip today, and it was a good one. We found several groups of common dolphins, though unfortunately another boat was doing doughnuts round the first lot so we left and went to search for some others. We had a great sail on the northwesterly breeze, and then found ten seals hauled out on the island.
Friday 4th September: It was a much better day today, with calm seas and no rain. There were hundreds of common dolphins around all day, as well as lots of grey seals. During the afternoon, there was another amazing feeding frenzy involving lots of common dolphins mothers and calves, and gannets.
Thursday 3rd September: This morning’s weather was undeniably miserable, so thank you to the people who came along in the rain and mist! We found several small groups of dolphins, though none of the them were very interested in us. We had great views of lots of seals at the end. The rain mostly stopped for the afternoon and we found a big gannet feeding frenzy again, with hundreds of them fishing. There were some more common dolphins feeding with them.
Wednesday 2nd September: It got windier this morning so we had to cancel this afternoon. This morning’s wildlife was brilliant though – massive feeding frenzies of gannets and shearwaters, with common dolphins feeding. We also saw a sooty shearwater.
Tuesday 1st September: There was a bit more of a southeasterly breeze today, which made things a little choppy. There were so many groups of common dolphins around, including some mothers with some really tiny calves. We also had lovely views of a harbour porpoise and some of the grey seals at the haul out site. Seabirds included a great skua.
Monday 31st August: And with that August was over! I think we saw dolphins every trip, which is a record. Today was the same, plus we also had some lovely views of harbour porpoises in the calm this morning, and grey seals.
Sunday 30th August: It was much calmer today, making it 10 x easier to spot fins. We found lots of common dolphins and porpoises, and also a pod of Risso’s dolphins. We also saw grey seals and seabirds including a sooty shearwater.
Saturday 29th August: There was some very strong northerly wind making the sea very choppy again today. We have certainly had some challenging conditions this August. We saw very large numbers of harbour porpoises, who were doing great impressions of common dolphins this morning. We also saw the dolphins themselves and some grey seals. The wind got still stronger in the afternoon but we managed to find lots of porpoises again and some common dolphins found us!
Friday 28th August: A very exciting day today with our first ever proper encounter with a large pod of pilot whales. These included new little calves still with foetal folds. We also saw harbour porpoises, had brief views of common dolphins, grey seals and lots of seabirds including storm petrels.
Wednesday 26th August: Back out on the water today after a very windy day yesterday. This morning we saw lots of common dolphins feeding in the bay along with shearwaters and gannets. We also saw three harbour porpoises. This afternoon after seeing more dolphins, we saw a tall, bushy blow and a massive fluke print – fin whale! A couple of people saw the body of the whale and it was an adult. We saw some seals on the island at the end of the day.
Monday 24th August: A very busy day with three trips before the strong wind returns tomorrow. There were lots of dolphins (and lots of rain) around this morning, and we also had great views of harbour porpoises and bluefin tuna. Sadly we also found a dead juvenile Risso’s dolphin. On the afternoon 3 hour trip saw more porpoises and dolphins, as well as grey seals. The evening Bay Discovery is still out there so I don’t know what they have seen!
Sunday 23rd August: We’ve had a spell of windy weather this weeks so missed four days of trips. It was still choppy out there this morning but the dolphins were just where we’d left them. This afternoon they were a lot of trickier to find for much of the trip but we found some in the end. We also saw lots of grey seals, and feeding gannets and shearwaters.
Tuesday 18th August: Four hour trip this morning followed by a three hour. There were dolphins everywhere! We also spotted seals and seabirds. It was too choppy to spot porpoises easily, especially this morning.
Monday 17th August: Heavy rain this morning coupled with a building wind this afternoon made conditions tricky. We had some good dolphin and tuna sightings on the 3 hour trip this morning, as well as a couple of seals. The wildlife was all a bit tricky this afternoon, but we still spotted dolphins, tuna, harbour porpoises, seals and seabirds.
Sunday 16th August: Amazingly lucky with the weather today with very little rain despite the awful forecast. Sightings were again brilliant – in the morning there were common dolphins, tuna, seals and porpoises spotted. There was also a rorqual whale which was initially assumed to be a large minke, but on looking at the photos we think it’s a juvenile fin whale. Dolphins, porpoises, tuna and seals on the Bay Discovery and the same again on the evening Ocean Discovery.
Friday 14th August: The sightings today were excellent with a minke whale and leaping tuna to start the day. There were also some common dolphins and seals. On the afternoon trip the dolphins were more sociable with us, and there were some more huge tuna and some harbour porpoises spotted. Seabird sightings included Great, Sooty, Cory’s AND Manx shearwaters.
Thursday 13th August: The threatened thunder and lightning didn’t materialise but there was a very dense fog first thing instead. We still managed to find common dolphins, grey seals and tuna in the fog in the morning. Things cleared in the afternoon and the dolphins were more sociable, and there were some massive tuna jumping. We also saw grey seals, some porpoises and two puffins.
Wednesday 12th August: It was like Groundhog Day with more common dolphins, grey seals and LOADS of bluefin tuna splashing everywhere. We also saw some harbour porpoises this afternoon, and a Balearic shearwater. Thankfully the threatened thunder and lightning stayed away.
Tuesday 11th August: A really busy day today with 2 x 3-hour trips and a Bay Discovery at the end of the day. All passengers got to see common dolphins and grey seals, as well as lots of shearwaters and gannets. The second Ocean Discovery also saw harbour porpoises (briefly!) and an ocean sunfish.
Monday 10th August: More amazing common dolphin sightings today, but almost more exciting (for us anyway!) was the large group of very energetic porpoises we saw in the very windy conditions. They were breaching and behaving just like dolphins. We also saw grey seals, bluefin tuna and seabirds. The afternoon was very much calmer than the morning!
Sunday 9th August: We had a four hour trip this morning, with a rare afternoon off. There was much more wind blowing, but we were still able to spot lots of common dolphins and feeding seabirds. There were brief glimpses of harbour porpoises, but they were tough to pick up in the choppy sea. We then went for an adrenaline filled sail! The coast was looking amazing in the clear conditions.
Saturday 8th August: It was dolphintastic in the Bay today, with common dolphins everywhere we went this morning. The water was alive with baitfish which attracted the gannets and shearwaters as well as the dolphins. This afternoon we also saw harbour porpoises, bluefin tuna and grey seals.
Friday 7th August: Another foggy morning, but it burned through. Both trips found common dolphins, grey seals and harbour porpoises, and this afternoon there were also some hunting bluefin tuna out there.There were also thousands of compass jellyfish floating in the plankton fronts.
Thursday 6th August: Thick fog meant we had to cancel our morning 4 hour trip. It lifted a little for the afternoon so we could do the 3 hour tour, and we had an amazing trip. We found a very intense feeding frenzy of gannets, shearwaters, common dolphins, blufin tuna and a minke whale a few miles south. We also spotted grey seals, harbour porpoises, and seabirds included a grey phalarope, a Great Shearwater and lots of storm petrels.
Tuesday 4th August: We had a 3 hour trip this morning in a building southwesterly wind. Despite the worsening sea conditions, wildlife was easy to find – lots of common dolphins, some harbour porpoises, a feeding frenzy of gannets and some grey seals on the rocks at the end of the morning. The afternoon trip and tomorrow’s trips are cancelled.
Monday 3rd August: We had a three hour then a four hour trip today. Both sets of passengers got to see grey seals, feeding common dolphins, bluefin tuna and seabirds. The afternoon trip also got good views of an ocean sunfish.
Sunday 2nd August: Similar to yesterday, with grey seals in the morning and then lots of feeding common dolphins and seabirds. We also spotted some big tuna feeding splashes. In the afternoon we had to search a little harder, but saw dolphins and tuna again, along with a brief glimpse of a minke whale
Saturday 1st August: The weather cleared up today and there was a great northwesterly breeze for sailing. We had to search hard to find them this morning, but there were lots of common dolphins out there. On the afternoon Bay Discovery and the evening Ocean Discovery, the dolphins were easier to find, and we also spotted a couple of porpoises.
Friday 31st July: We had another great day on the water. Conditions were damp and foggy at times but that did not stop us finding cetaceans. In the morning we saw some grey seals and then found a number of pods of common dolphins feeding over a wide area. In the afternoon we started off watching 10 members of the south west’s resident pod of bottlenose dolphins afterwards we found a large school of feeding bluefin tuna. We then found some feeding harbour porpoises and finished with bow riding common dolphins.
Thursday 30th July: We had fairly strong southeasterly wind today, which made things very choppy at times. There was loads of wildlife out there – we just had to work harder to see it! During the morning we saw lots of feeding common dolphins close to the coast, along with some harbour porpoises which looked very dolphin-like. As the wind built, we had a fine sail back into the Bay. During the afternoon we saw common dolphins, a massive feeding frenzy of gannets and shearwaters, and an ocean sunfish, as well as a couple of seals.
Wednesday 29th July: We saw lots of porpoises in the calm of the morning today, followed by many common dolphins. On the afternoon and evening trips we saw even more common dolphins, and some grey seals. There are lots of gannets and Manx shearwaters around at the moment, but some of the rarer seabirds are not being spotted yet.
Tuesday 28th July: We had to miss a day yesterday because of the strong wind, but luckily the wildlife was still around. Both the four hour and the three hour passengers found lots of common dolphins, and in the afternoon the seals were hauled out on the rocks. Seabirds included gannets, shearwaters, a puffin and a great skua.
Sunday 26th July: A windy choppy day meant the 4 hour morning trip became a 3 hour instead, and we had another one in the afternoon. The morning passengers saw lots of common dolphins, grey seals and a couple of harbour porpoises. They also spotted a great shearwater amongst the Manxes. In the afternoon we saw lots of seals hauled out, some common dolphins, two surfaces from a minke whale, and a brief glimpse of porpoises.
Friday 24th July: After a decent morning and early afternoon, the rest of the day’s weather was pretty miserable, so thank goodness our passengers were such a fun and adventurous lot. Thanks guys! Sightings were good though, with lots of common dolphins and grey seals spotted, along with some harbour porpoises and a couple of surfaces from a minke whale. It didn’t hang around though.
Thursday 23rd July: It was a total contrast to yesterday, with wet and windy conditions. The morning 4 hour trip became a 3 hour trip. On both trips we found several pods of common dolphins, grey seals and seabirds. They included a little razorbill “jumpling” with its dad.
Wednesday 22nd July: We had a very busy day today, with three trips on “Shearwater II” and a trip with freedivers on the Celtic Fox. There was so much wildlife around: harbour porpoises, common dolphins on all three trips, Risso’s dolphins in the morning, two minke whales in the evening as well as the grey seals and seabirds. The cove where we took the snorkellers was crystal clear with lots of compass jellyfish and wriggle sandeels.
Tuesday 21st July: Felt like Groundhog day today (but with slightly less breeze!) On both trips we saw lots of common dolphins, grey seals, manx shearwaters and gannets. During the afternoon Duncan also spotted some harbour porpoises, but they were too tricky to get good views of.
Monday 20th July: Lovely conditions for sailing first thing, and we searched thoroughly in the Bay before finding lots of common dolphins again feeding among shearwaters and gannets. We also saw a few grey seals. This afternoon the wind got up strongly and the seals were all in the water by the time we got back to the island. There were a few common dolphins but the bulk of the pods had dispersed.
Sunday 19th July: We had warm sunshine all day today, but there was a brisk northerly breeze blowing. This made for some exciting sailing conditions. On the morning trip after watching the seals, we found a big feeding frenzy of Manx shearwaters, gannets and common dolphins. In the afternoon the wind was a bit stronger, but we managed to spot two pairs of harbour porpoises as well as lots of seabirds.
Saturday 18th July: A dank drizzle morning today to start with. We found lots of grey seals round the island and further out and small group of common dolphins along with gannets and shearwaters. This afternoon’s 4 hour trip passengers saw two groups of harbour porpoises, a couple of ocean sunfish and some seals.The sun came out though!
Friday 17th July: Things changed today and the morning trip was extremely productive. We spotted different species of cetacean: minke whale, bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins and harbour porpoises, as well as grey seals and seabirds. The afternoon Ocean Discovery and the evening Bay Discovery also saw grey seals, common dolphins and seabirds.
Thursday 16th July: Again, it was a quieter morning and rather chilly! But we did see several grey seals and an ocean sunfish. During the afternoon the sun emerged and so did a small group of common dolphins, as well as another sunfish.
Wednesday 15th July: Offshore was quieter this morning, though we did see several seals hauled out and in the water. Along the coast this afternoon we saw several ocean sunfish, and we also spotted a couple of common dolphins as well as more seals and seabirds. We had our first evening Bay Discovery trip and saw yet more seals and had a great sail across the bay.
Tuesday 14th July: There was a brisk northerly wind today which was good for sailing but made things choppy offshore. This morning’s 3 hour passengers saw grey seals, and then we found some common dolphins under feeding gannets a bit further south. We also had brief glimpses of Risso’s dolphins and an ocean sunfish. It was quieter on the afternoon four hour trip, and the wind was stronger – we saw harbour porpoises, grey seals and seabirds including Manx shearwaters.
Monday 13th July: We had a four hour trip this morning, and spotted two groups of common dolphins, some harbour porpoises and some grey seals. Unfortunately we cancelled the afternoon trip as the wind got up and rain came in.
Sunday 12th July: It was another beautiful day filled with good sightings. This morning we had a wonderful encounter with a very friendly, interactive minke whale, who circled the boat repeatedly very closely and even popped its head up out of the water for a look. We also saw harbour porpoises and a grey seal. This afternoon everything was quiet for half the trip, until we found a more productive area, where we found harbour porpoises and common dolphins. We also saw the grey seals. There are millions of jellyfish around at the moment.
Saturday 11th July: The wind calmed down finally and it was a gorgeous day. We had an excellent day of sightings, with common dolphins, harbour porpoises, Risso’s dolphins and a minke whale sighted – four species of cetacean! We also saw several grey seals and seabirds including Manx shearwaters and Mediterranean gulls.
Friday 10th July: The sun came out today! There was quite a strong wind still, but this time from the north. It was quite quiet on the morning 4 hour trip, with grey seals, seabirds, a sunfish and a brief porpoise spotted. With the tide shift this afternoon it was more productive, with lots of feeding gannets, some common dolphins (a long way out), an ocean sunfish and grey seals seen.
Thursday 9th July: Another breezy, choppy day with poor visitbility. It looks much better from tomorrow though. This morning we saw common dolphins, several sunfish, lots of grey seals and seabirds. By the afternoon the dolphins had moved on, but passengers saw another sunfish, a (brief) harbour porpoise, grey seals and a juvenile puffin. There were lots of baitfish feeding at the surface
Wednesday 8th July: It was just as windy with some fog as well this morning. This cleared up about halfway through the trip, and it was mostly fine for the afternoon. We saw two more sunfish, lots of grey seals and a good variety of seabirds – as well as the usuals we spotted an Arctic skua, a great skua, common scoters and a puffin.
Tuesday 7th July: There are so many seals around at the moment. We counted at least 14 today, including males, females and juveniles. We also saw an ocean sunfish, and the first harbour porpoises we have seen for a long time. It was choppy though!
Monday 6th July: Today was the first time in a while we have been out, after the relaxation of restrictions on Saturday. The wind hadn’t relaxed much though. We saw lots of grey seals and seabirds in a stiff northwesterly breeze.
Wednesday 17th June: After a tentative start, it was belatedly decided by the powers that be that boat trip businesses must remain shut for the time being after all. This was a blow, so we went out sailing with a few friends. The weather didn’t cheer us up as it poured with rain, but we did get a really good look at our first sunfish of the season.
Monday 8th June: Really lovely conditions this afternoon meant we could go a long way south. We saw lots of seals on the island but further out it was all rather quiet (apart from some visiting aircraft). That was until we spotted 5 Risso’s dolphins – very dark individuals who we haven’t seen before.
5th June: Tough spotting conditions today in the fresh northwesterly wind and big tide. We saw several grey seals in a couple of locations and seabirds including Manx shearwaters.
4th June: We had a real treat this morning, seeing Risso’s dolphins. They were being typically shy and elusive but a couple of them did surf quite close to the boat a few times. We also saw grey seals, including a young juvenile, and Kelp and Mask the adult females.
27th May: A training sail today and meeting about how to proceed once restrictions start being lifted. Might as well do that on the boat! We found lots of common dolphins and some grey seals.
22nd May: There was a massive swell pumping today, unusual for May. It was more like a hurricane swell we get in September. I went for a walk to photograph it, and had some fantastic views of choughs. The wildflowers were also looking beautiful.
16th May: More common dolphins today! May is usually quiet for wildlife, but not this year. We also saw some very cute little grey seals, and seabirds.
5th May: Diving gannets were putting on an awesome display out in the bay this afternoon.
27th April: Naturally given that we are not allowed to operate this spring, the weather and the wildlife has been amazing. We took the boat south this morning and found huge numbers of common dolphins. We also saw kittwakes and puffins
23rd April: There have been reports of basking sharks around the Cornish coast lately, the first for quite some time. We took the boat out to run the engines and not far from the harbour, we found a massive one! It was well over eight metres, probably nearer nine.
19th March: So it seems as though our season won’t start as normal this year after all. To cheer myself up I went to look at some seals.
2nd February: It was our first trip out on the water of the year. The winter has been extremely stormy, but today condition were wonderful. “Shearwater II” has remained on her mooring this winter, so we will be able to go for the odd trip on our own before the season starts. We found a group of common dolphins, one of which had a deformed beak, seabirds and grey seals.
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