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Wednesday 22nd May

grey seal

We had a two hour trip with the charity Whale and Dolphin Conservation this morning (WDC) and some of their guests. The breeze was certainly stronger than it has been recently so we had a pretty good sail (with reefed sails!). On the island we saw Seaweed the grey seal dozing on a rock, with another one in the water, plus some Manx shearwaters. On the afternoon Ocean Discovery we headed further westwards though all was quiet for fins. We saw plenty of seabirds though, as well as having good views of some Little Egrets. These elegant white members of the heron family were rare in this country until 1988 when they were first recorded breeding here, and since then have spread.