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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…

Saturday 25th November

A chilly grey day today, and conditions weren’t nearly as still and glassy as we were promised! However we had a lovely end of season trip with some fun friendly people on board – thanks for coming guys! Even though it was high tide we saw some seals hauled out on rocks on the island…

Wednesday 25th October

After today half term is going to get  pretty windy, so we were pleased to have two trips today. This morning’s Ocean Discovery passengers saw large groups of harbour porpoises feeding with gannets – they were even leaping and breaching like dolphins as they charged around after fish. We also had lovely views of seals…

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,…

Friday 20th October

There was a lull in the weather today and we headed out for a three hour trip with ten passengers on board. When advertising places I said species we’d be looking for included common dolphins, porpoises, bluefin tuna and grey seals – glad to say we saw all of the above! In fact the common…

Thursday 12th October

We had a four hour trip today in similar conditions to yesterday though less wind so the sea was a bit smoother. It was a typically productive October trip with lots to see. We motored along the coast until Porthcurno then sailed out to the Epson Shoal as the wind direction was just right. We…

Wednesday 11th October

We had two Ocean Discovery trips today in gloomy choppy conditions. The wildlife was great though, with the amazing seabird sightings continuing. There are so many great and Cory’s shearwaters out there, with even a few Manxies remaining. This afternoon we saw two Cory’s squabbling over a fish in a very gull like fashion. There…

Saturday 23rd September

We had an Ocean Discovery followed by a Bay Discovery trip today in an increasingly blustery southerly wind. This morning it started off fairly calm, and we had great views of a pair of porpoises as they swam past the boat. Later on we found various small groups of common dolphins scattered through the bay,…

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…