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Thursday 21st September

We were back on the water today after a very windy and wet few days. There was still a big chunky swell running, but conditions were ok to do two Ocean Discovery trips. The windy interlude did not affect wildlife sightings – there were plenty of common dolphins to be found, and we had great…

Saturday 16th September

We had a four hour trip followed by a two hour trip today is steadily worsening weather conditions! It started off bright and sunny though, and we had some lovely encounters with grey seals, common dolphins, harbour porpoises and bluefin tuna. One of the passengers described the dolphins as “millions” – there weren’t quite that…

Friday 15th September

We had a couple of extraordinary Ocean Discovery trips today in warm, sunny conditions. This morning we found so many common dolphins which were feeding, socialising and bowriding. They were even catching fish as they swam alongside the boat. In amongst them were some very large bluefin tuna, who were sending the gulls into a…

Thursday 14th September

It definitely feels autumnal out there now despite the still-balmy temperatures. We had a four hour followed by a two hour trip today in breezy grey conditions. This morning we found a large group of common dolphins not too far away, which were swimming and socialising amongst themselves. A few of them did come over…

Tuesday 12th September

The wind built very quickly over lunch today so we did one trip then stopped. There were plenty of dolphins out there, though surfacing very unpredictably, as well as lots of porpoises and grey seals. One of the seals on the island was a female we first noticed in May with a nasty looking fungal…

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…