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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 6th August

After the extremely strong wind of yesterday the weather and sea had calmed down an amazing extent. We had two three hour trips, and had great views of common dolphins on both of them. This morning we found two small groups, and this afternoon quite a few more. There was a large group of seals…

Thursday 29th June

We had a three hour Ocean Discovery followed by a four hour Discovery Voyage today – a busy day! This morning we¬† found multiple groups of Risso’s dolphins – there are certainly a lot around at the moment. There were some younger, darker juveniles who we have seen several times this week, plus some older…

Sunday 18th June

It was cooler and greyer today with a bit more of a breeze, but thankfully we didn’t get any rain or thunder. This morning we went a long way south before we started picking up feeding seabirds and then Duncan spotted some far off splashing – common dolphins! Even when we got close to them…

Thursday 15th June

We had two Ocean Discovery trips today in calm conditions and hot sun. We saw grey seals down at the island, especially well this morning when they were hauled out on the rocks. We then headed westwards and everything seemed very quiet – until lots of feeding gannets were spotted in the far distance. Underneath…

Sunday 11th June

harbour porpoise surfacing in front of boat This morning’s four hour because a three hour trip after another very foggy start to the day. However it cleared up beautifully and the wind finally shifted round to a westerly direction. Heading out of the bay we had lovely views of a harbour porpoise surfacing repeatedly near…

Tuesday 6th June

Yet more strong easterly breeze today which made spotting conditions challenging. We stuck to more sheltered waters and had two great Ocean Discovery trips in the strong June sunshine. This morning we went eastwards past the Mount to Cudden point and then went sailing across the bay. We found grey seals in three locations, though…

Monday 29th May

It was a sunny breezy bank holiday Monday, but at least the wind wasn’t as strong as yesterday. On the three hour first thing we went east to try and stay in a bit of shelter and we found some seals in a couple of places. Sailing across the bay we were found by a…

Friday 26th May

Risso’s dolphins Unbroken sunshine all day today, but with an easterly wind which properly chopped up the sea by this afternoon. As soon as we left the harbour this morning we found the remains of a recently preyed upon cuttlefish – sure signs of recent Risso’s dolphin activity. We later found a group spread out…