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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…

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…

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…

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…

Thursday 24th August

There was a lot more northerly wind today which can often push things a long way offshore. The morning four hour trip was quite productive though, with lots of pods of common dolphins spotted along with harbour porpoises, a minke whale and different species of seabirds. On the afternoon three hour things all seemed rather…

Tuesday 22nd August

We had a really long day in unbroken sunshine today with a four hour trip, followed by 2 two hour trips. This morning there were small groups of common dolphins everywhere we went. Mostly they were small pods of 4-6 animals, but a few had more like 20 dolphins in them, including a nursery pod…

Friday 18th August

The weather forecast¬† for the rest of today and overnight is looking absolutely terrible, however we were able to sneak out this morning for a Bay Discovery trip before the wind got up and the rain started. We’re really glad we managed it, because we saw lots of common dolphins inshore, some grey seals round…

Friday 11th August

Unfortunately we had to cancel yesterday’s trips – we returned to Penzance after an hour in the morning due to more exceptionally dense fog. Very frustrating! However today the fog cleared , and we had a four hour then a three hour trip. This morning there were common dolphins everywhere – they stayed with us…

Wednesday 8th August

We had the weirdest day of weather today, with more thick murk at the start. This lifted enough for the trip to run in the morning and we had a great time with a local group of youngsters and their families. Lots of them were on a boat for the first time and we found…

Tuesday 8th August

More delightful summer weather today, with mizzle and murk and by the afternoon a¬† fairly brisk westerly wind. The wildlife made up for it. This morning we had a four hour trip, and we had great views of common dolphins and a really good variety of seabirds, including storm petrels, sandwich terns, Manx, spooty and…