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Friday 21st June

Today’s conditions could not have been more different to yesterday. With an increasing south westerly wind chopping up the sea, and grey skies threatening rain (but holding off) we just did the morning Ocean Discovery. We saw some grey seals including old faithful Kelp hauled out on the island as well as a variety of…

Wednesday 19th June

It was a quieter day today though we covered a wide area of sea searching. This morning on the Bay Discovery we saw grey seals hauled out who were striking a variety of poses – a male, a female and a juvenile for a bit of balance. We then sailed across the bay on the…

Tuesday 11th June

Our Discovery Voyage trip this morning was very productive, with perfect sailing conditions and sunny weather – though still cold! We had a great encounter with common dolphins further out, and Duncan spotted a minke whale though it was too quick for the passengers to see. Close to the coast we found a group of…

Friday 7th June

On our Ocean Discovery sea safari today we stopped at the island to observe the seals as the tide rose. There were several of them still hauled out – it’s always entertaining watching them try and retreat from the rising water before bowing to the inevitable and getting back in. Seals like to do this…

Tuesday 4th June

The wind was blowing quite strongly from the west today so our four hour trip became a three hour. This didn’t affect wildlife sightings though. Firstly we found a couple of gulls feasting on the biggest cuttlefish we have ever seen – this was still in possession of its tentacles which indicates it wasn’t killed…

Monday 20th May

Everything was very quiet and sleepy this afternoon, including the weather! Firstly we watched a quiet sleepy seal on the island as the tide rose, before he reluctantly slid back into the water. Further south at one of our very reliable cetacean spots we found a small group of common dolphins, which again were resting…

Wednesday 8th May

We had an Ocean Discovery today on a flat sea with hardly any wind. First of all we watched a great northern diver catch something and devour it – not sure what the victim was, but the diver gave us good views! Further south in a shiny area of plankton we picked up some movement…

Tuesday 7th May

We had a fully booked Discovery Voyage this morning in bright sunshine. We went round to Land’s End and were treated to a shearwater spectacular of hundreds of them feeding in the tidal races, along with fulmars, kittiwakes and other gulls, gannets and lots of auks. There were also lots of seals hauled out on…

Saturday 4th May

A four hour and a two hour trip today. We were expecting an easterly breeze but it wasn’t as choppy as it could have been, and there was warm sunshine. This morning we explored the coast along to Nanjizal, spotting several grey seals in different places as well as a good variety of seabirds including…

Friday 3rd May

A three hour trip today in bright sunshine and a westerly breeze. It feels a little warmer! There were several grey seals hauled out on the island – one group of four were getting very cross with one another as the tide rose and they started jostling for space. Lots of moaning and groaning! We…