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Sightings summary for 2023

I have been looking back over 2023 and made some images to represent our sightings of different species. We recorded cetaceans on 81% of our trips last year, which is an amazing sightings rate. 10252 dolphins, porpoises and whales! We also saw grey seals on most trips, bluefin tuna and ocean sunfish. Each image has…

Sunday 22nd October

We had two great trips today, a Bay Discovery in the morning and a last minute Ocean Discovery in the afternoon. During the morning the inner part of the bay was alive with hunting porpoises and gannets tracking them, firing into the water like arrows. There were also bluefin tuna down there in the action,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…