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To give you an accurate idea of what you might see on your trip, we list all the animals we see every day we run trips rather than just cherry picking a selection of our 'best' sightings every few days. It would take too long to individually list the species of seabirds we see each day so unless there are exceptional numbers of a species or an unusual sighting, we list them as 'seabirds'. Sightings archives for the past few years are linked at the bottom of the page.
October 2011
28th Oct
 
Today's weather was a complete contrast to yesterday being sunny and calm. We saw harbour porpoises -image, image, image, image, image- grey seals -image, image- and seabirds -shag-
27th Oct
 
It was a bit of a damp day today with persistant rain and a strong northerly breeze. We were rewarded for going out though as we saw 3 common dolphins -image, image, image, image- two different groups of harbour porpoises (no pictures as it was raining quite hard). we also saw grey seals -image, image- and seabirds
26th Oct
 
We headed out on to a fairly lumpy sea today. We saw 2 harbour porpoises, a mother and calf who gave us a lovely display by surfing on the large swells right past the boat. No pictures I'm afraid as they were moving fast. We also saw a grey seal -image, image- and seabirds.
16th Oct
 
Today we saw a good number of harbour porpoises feeding under diving gannets but they were being very tricky to watch! -image- We also saw a grey seal -image, image- and seabirds -gannet, razorbills-
15th Oct
 
Today we saw grey seals -image, image, image, image- and seabirds -shags, turnstones-
14th Oct
 
Today we saw a group of 5 harbour porpoises. We got brief but clear views today as it was a bit choppy. We also saw a grey seal -image- and seabirds including a great skua. There were also a few curlews around St. Clement's Island -image-
9th Oct
 
No trip today but something quite interesting did happen. A strange behaving small cetacean turned up very close to the shore next to the harbour. Kimara first saw it while out on a walk and me and Hannah headed down for a look where we found several other interested spectators. Initially I decided it was a very poorly harbour porpoise which is why it was showing strange behaviour. Hannah and Kimara weren't so convinced. After discussing it with other people and studying many pictures of dwarf sperm whales and looking very closely at our pictures I have once again learned the lesson that women are always right. We are now fairly confident that possibly the first live recording of a dwarf sperm whale sighted in British waters was by the harbour in Penzance. What a normally deep water species was doing right next to the shore having travelled all the way across our continental shelf is a mystery although there have been large amounts of squid close inshore recently - their favourite food. -image, image, image, image- So far there has been no reported stranding so this amazing story my have a happy ending.
8th Oct
 
Today we saw grey seals -image, image, image-and seabirds including pomarine skuas -peregrine-falcon-
4th Oct
 
We had quite murky weather again today but still got out for a trip. We saw two groups of harbour porpoises. A mother and calf initially and thern a larger group feeding under a cloud of gannets -image, image (you can just see the calfs nose in this one), image-. We also saw seabirds -shag-
3rd Oct
 
Today was an interesting one weather wise. These pictures tell the story nicely -image, image, image, image, image, image- On the trip we saw harbour porpoises - a group of more than 6 feeding under diving gannets. The sea conditions were such by this stage that pictures were impossible! We also saw a variety of seabirds.
2nd Oct
 
The lovely weather continued today. We were out on 2 trips and saw a more than 26 harbour porpoises and got some great views -image, image, image, image, image-. we also saw grey seals -image, image, image- and seabiords -razorbill-. This afternoon we missed a minke whale by about 20 minutes. There are still squid close inshore (as happens at this time of year) so the Risso's dolphins will hopefully still be around too - fingers crossed for tomorrow.
1st Oct
 
It was a lovely October day today! We saw a pod of 8 Risso's dolphins lazily travelling west -image, image, image, image- Harbour porpoises feeding 6 in total including 2 calves -image, image, image-. We also saw grey seals -image, image- and seabirds including a grey heron and sandwich terns.
September 2011
29th Sept
 
It was a lovely day out there today and again gannets helped us to find saw several groups of feeding harbour porpoises 18 animals in total -image, image, image, image, image- we also saw grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds. There were a few fog banks out at sea giving everything an eerie feel. It lifted closer to the coast though.
27th Sept
 
Today we saw harbour porpoises feeding under diving gannets. There may have been more than 10 animals but they were spread out over a fairly wide area so we saw them in 2's and 3's. We also saw grey seals and seabirds including sooty shearwaters and balearic shearwaters. The camera battery was flat so no pictures I'm afraid.
26th Sept
 
Today we saw several groups of harbour porpoises -image, image- feeding under clouds of diving gannets. We also saw seabirds -gannet, gannet, first year gannet- including Balearic shearwaters.
24th Sept
 
Today we ventured out on to a choppy sea -image- and saw an adult minke whale -image, image, image, image- it surfaced repeatedly very close to the boat so we all got lovely views. We also saw several groups of harbour porpoises but the choopy sea made them hard to photograph. There were a good variety of seabirds around including sooty shearwaters -image- a number of Balearic shearwaters -image- Europes only critcally endangered seabird and the usual suspects -image-
23rd Sept
 
Today we saw a harbour porpoise, a breaching ocean sunfish, greys seals -image, image, image- and seabirds including a sooty shearwater -gannets, curlews-. We also saw ravens along the cliffs.
21st Sept
 
Today we saw grey seals -image- and seabirds -gannet- including a grey phallarope
16th Sept
 
Today we saw a basking shark - they've been pretty thin on the ground this summer so it was great to see this one -image, image, image- We also saw a harbour porpoise but again it was hard to watch in the choppy conditions so no pictures. The grey seals were hauled out on the rocks and easier to watch -image, image, image-. There was a good variety of seabirds out there including sooty shearwaters.
15th Sept
 
Wow! The weather let us out two days in a row. This afternoon we had a lone common dolphin race past - no pictures as it was moving quickly. We also saw 2 harbour porpoises (a mother and calf) - again no pictures as they were travelling and it was quite choppy. The grey seals were hauled out in thier usual places -image, image, image, image-. In the morning we saw an amazing gannet feeding frenzy in the Runnelstone tidal race -image, image, image-
14th Sept
 
Finally the wind calmed and we were able to get out on the water. It was a beautiful day with sunny skies and a rolling west swell. We saw a minke whale -image, image, image, image, image- it surfaced repeatedly around the boat giving us fantastic views. We also saw a group of 6 harbour porpoises -image, image- lots of grey seals -image, image- and seabirds including sooty shearwaters, balearic shearwaters and storm petrels -sandwich tern-
8th Sept
 
We've had a run of rough windy weather over the last week. Things finally calmed down enough for us to run a trip today although it was a fairly murky foggy one. We saw grey seals -image, image- and seabirds including sooty shearwaters and storm petrels
2nd Sept
 
Today was a very interesting day. The local bottlenose dolphin pod were around and in the morning we think we may have witnessed the birth of one of two new calves. The evidence certainly points that way and the fact that two new calves had appeared when we saw them in the afternoon certainly makes us believe we did -image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image-. We also saw more than 15 harbour porpioses today -image, image, image- including the one we recognise from previous photos, grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds -fulmar-
August 2011
31st August
 
We snuck out and got a short trip in this morning before the easterly winds blew up and made it too rough. We managed to get glimpses of harbour porpoises in the choppy conditions. We also saw grey seals -image- and seabirds.
30th August
 
It was a perfect harbour porpoise day today in the morning we saw more than 15 feeding through out inner Mount's bay and in the afternoon more than 15 feeding out by the Runnelstone. The best bit was that we got a photo id match with a porpoise from the other day which will help us start to understand the range of specific animals. -image, image, image, image, image, image, image- We also saw grey seals -image, image- and seabirds -kittiwake, Balearic shearwaters-. Stillness -image-
29th August
 
Today we saw harbour porpioses, grey seals and seabirds in the day. In the evening the bay seemed to wake up. We found 40+ common dolphins and lots of groups of harbour porpoises feeding as well as an ocean sunfish all in an hour and a half. Our camera battery was flat today so no pictures I'm afraid. Here's a video of clips from today.
28th August
 
Today was an excellent day. We sarted with a leatherback turtle -image, image, image, image, image- a truly special sight. This was shortly followed by great views of feeding harbour porpoises -image, image, image, image, image- We then found 15+ common dolphins on our afternoon and evening trips -image, image, image, image-. We also saw grey seals -image- and seabirds -gannets, gannet- Today has been another great day of sightings proving again how perfect the catamaran is for watching wildlife. Hoving to (stopping the boat) and watching the action unfold around you with no engine noise to disturb is a special experience!
27th August
 
We had a fresh wind blowing today which made the sea very choppy. We managed glimpses of harbour porpoises and a swimming ocean sunfish. We also saw grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds. The winning boat in the PASAB-ONE (Penazance and Scilly and Back in one go) race passing by -image-
26th August
 
This morning we had lovely views of a pod of 10+ common dolphins as they restfully milled around in the glassy sea while we watched -image, image, image, image, image, image, image- In the afternoon the wind came up and so did the waves - we still saw lots of harbour porpoises. We had a very close swim by from a group of 6 and then watched other groups feeding under gannets, maybe as many as 18 in total. We also saw seabirds including a sooty shearwater -shags-. There were some dramtic cloudscapes this morning -image-
24th August
 
Today we saw a glimpse of an ocean sunfish, grey seals -image- and seabirds -juvenile kittiwake-. The coast looked lovely in the evening light -image-.
23rd August
 
Today we saw over 30 harbour porpoises in group sizes between 4 and 10+ -image, image, image- grey seals -image, image- and seabirds including great skuas and storm petrels. We finished the day with a lovely evening trip -image-.
22nd August
 
Today we saw a pod of 12 common dolphins -image, image, image, video- three different groups of harbour porpoises -image, image, image- 2 ocean sunfish -image- grey seals -image- and seabirds including a sooty shearwater -curlew-. There was some lovely boats out on the water today -image, image-
21st August
 
Today we saw a small pod of common dolphins with 8 members -image, image, image, image- harbour porpoises feeding under diving gannets, grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds. We passed the Penzance sailing club yachts setting out on their annual Runnelstone Race -image-
20th August
 
The sea was a bit lumpy this morning so we cancelled the morning trip. We got out this afternoon though and after dodging a lightning storm we found some harbour porpoises feeding -image, image, image- we also saw grey seals -image- and seabirds -gannet-.
19th August
 
Today we saw a pod of 10 common dolphins -image, image, image- up to 20 harbour porpoises -image, image, image- grey seals -image, image- and seabirds.
18th August
 
Today we got some lovely views of harbour porpoises -image, image, image, image, image, image, image-. We also saw grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds -gannet, shags-
17th August
 
On the cetacean front today we saw a large group of feeding harbour porpoises in the morning -image- and a Risso's dolphin feeding out by the Runnelstone in the afternoon -image, image- great to see as we don't see them that often. We also saw grey seals -image, image, image, image- and seabirds.
16th August
 
We saw harbour porpoises on both trips today in three different places -image, image- its great to see them at this time of year as they are in larger groups feeding on shoals of pilchards. We also saw grey seals -image, image- and seabirds including a sooty shearwater. Taking a break from hauling pots -image-.
15th August
 
Guided by gannets again today we found cetaceans on all our trips. At first a pod of over 30 common dolphins -image, image, image,image, image- then 5 common dolphins and a harbour porpoise followed by more feeding harbour porpoises -image-. We also saw grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds including 2 great skuas -image-. We watched the yachts from the Fastnet race piling past us all day on their way to Ireland and the Fastnet Rock.
14th August
 
Today we saw harbour porpoises feeding under a large cloud of diving gannets, grey seals -image, image, image, image- and seabirds. Mousehole's having its carnival week this week.
13th August
 
As is often the case the gannets were our guides today and they helped us to find harbour porpoises on all of our trips -image, image, image, image, image- We also saw grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds. The skies threatened throughout the day but we got through the day without being rained on.
12th August
 
Today we saw a very large ocean sunfish -image, image- grey seals -image, image- and seabirds.
10th August
 
The rough conditions returned again today but we managed to get two trips in. We saw harbour porpoises on both and got views like this -image- (the picture is an old one as we didn't manage to snap any in today's choppy conditions. We also saw grey seals -image- and seabirds -herring gull-.
9th August
 
The weather was a bit kinder today. We had fantatsic views of a large group harbour porpoises feeding under a cloud of diving gannets -image, image-. We also saw an ocean sunfish -image, image- grey seals -image, image, image, image, image- and seabirds.
8th August
 
Well it was certainly fairly rough out there today! We got our first trip in but had to cancel the rest. Despite the challenging conditions we got some lovely views of harbour porpoises feeding under diving gannets there were more than 7. We also saw seabirds. Sorry no pictures today as we forgot the camera.
6th August
 
Today we saw 4 different groups of harbour porpoises ranging from porpoises on their own to groups of 4. They were being tricky today so no pictures. We also saw grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds -gannet, gannets-
5th August
 
We had lovely calm conditions today. We saw 4 groups of harbour porpoises -image, image- 2 ocean sunfish -image- grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds including a sooty shearwater
4th August
 
We had some lumpy seas to contend with today but still managed to get all three trips in. Unfortunately the camera battery ran out ealry on so we don't have too many pictures. We saw harbour porpoises (one group of three and then a lone porpoise), got some lovely views of ocean sunfish -image, image, image, image- We saw them basking, breaching and even watched a gull pecking one clean! We also saw grey seals -image, image- and seabirds.
3rd August
 
It was a day of two halves today. We started out with calm seas and lovely weather and then in the afternoon the wind came up, the rain closed in and the sea got choppy so we had to shorten our afternoon trip and cancel our evening trip unfortunately. We saw a basking shark feeding -image, image- a harbour porpoise, two breaching ocean sunfish, grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds including a balearic shearwater.
2nd August
 
Today we saw common dolphins with our best encounter being at the end of the day -image, image, image, image, image-. We also saw ocean sunfish breaching and basking, grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds.
1st August
 
Today we saw 3 groups of harbour porpoises (7 in total) -image, image, image, image,image- we saw an amazing 14 ocean sunfish some basking some swimming and some breaching -image-. The grey seals where in thier usual places -image, image- We also saw a variety of seabirds -gannet, fulmar-. The Isles of Scilly race returned today -image, image-
July 2011
30th July
 
The day started with not a breath of wind - the sea was like a giant saucer of milk. We saw lots of harbour porpoises (10 in the morning and 5 in the afternoon) -image, image, image, image, image- ocean sunfish -image- grey seals -image, image, image,image- and seabirds. Here are some scenic shots from the day -image, image-
29th July
 
It was a bit breezier and choppier today. We saw two groups of feeding harbour porpoises -image-, ocean sunfish basking, breaching and swimming -image- grey seals -image, image- and seabirds. The annual Penzance, Isles of Scilly and Back race (PASAB) set off tonight -image, image, image- There were a few multihulls in the fleet and if we weren't so busy we'd have loved to give them a race!
28th July
 
Today was a fantastic day for watching harbour porpoises. We saw them throughout the day in group sizes ranging from one to 5. Watching them slowly roll past whilst listening to them piffing is a special experience -image, image, image, image, image,image, image-. We also saw 4 ocean sunfish. Some were basking at the surface and others were breaching -image-. We got some lovely views of the grey seals -image, image, image- and saw a variety of seabirds -guillemot-
27th July
 
Once again the common dolphins were around and we saw them on all 3 trips -image, image, image, image, image, image- we were also happy to see some harbour porpoises getting their share of the pilchards - we saw two small groups -image, image- The grey seals were resting on the rocks -image, image- and we saw lots of seabirds including countless gannets feeding on the pilchards -gannet-
26th July
 
Today needs to be told as a story. In the morning we headed out and saw an ocean sunfish and then grey seals on the rocks -image- soon after we found some harbour porpoises feeding -image-. Further west and offshore we saw some more porpoises and then a whale breached 3 times offshore from us. It was most likely to be a minke whale but there is an outside chance it could have been a humpback. Before we could investigate the fog moved in - luckily we were left with a pod of more than 15 common dolphins to keep us company -image-. We saw more sunfish on the way in and then outside the harbour a further pod of common dolphins this one had more than 20 animals -image- In the afternoon we headed back out to try and repeat the morning's trip. We soon came upon another pod of 20+ common dolphins and they bow rode with us out to the south west. As we headed further and further offshore we found pod after pod - some 15 strong some with 30 or more dolphins. -image, image, image, image, image, image, image- This culminated in us finding a cloud of hundreds of gannets diving over a pod of feeding dolphins more than 4 miles offshore. On the way in we saw more dolphins and another sunfish. After talking with friends who were out angling and diving we estimate that there must have been 1000's of common dolphins out there today stretching from Penzance out into the Western Approaches.
25th July
 
We had a lovely day today. Throughout the day we watched habour porpoises feeding on pilchards in groups ranging from 2 up to 7 and over 20 in total -image, image, image, image-. We also saw 4 ocean sunfish including one breaching 4 times in a row -image, image-. We saw seals and seabirds as well -gannet- . To top it all off we had a lovely evening trip sailing with the bottlenose dolphins (no pictures as the camera was back in the office luckily we still had the video camera onboard) -video-.
24th July
 
Today was a sunny day with thick fog banks offshore which made for some eerie moments on trips. In the morning we saw 3 ocean sunfish, grey seals -image- and seabirds -common terns-. In the afternoon we found the bottlenose dolphin pod and had a fantastic encounter (see the news page for the video) -image, image, image, image, image, image- we also saw another sunfish, a grey seal -image- and seabirds .
23rd July
 
It was another lovely day and we saw 10 harbour porpises feeding -image- a large ocean sunfish -image, image- grey seals -image, image- and seabirds.
22nd July
 
It was sunny and breezy today so a great sailing day. We saw 5 ocean sunfish -image, image, image- grey seals -image- and seabirds including pomarine skuas and a large group of common scoters -shag-. The Saga cruise came in close for a look at the spectacular West Cornwall coastline -image-
21st July
 
The summer returned again today. We saw 5 harbour porpoises -image, image- a glimpse of an ocean sunfish, a good number of grey seals -image, image, image, image- and seabirds including lots of shearwaters again -common tern-.
20th July
 
It was a damp and choppy day today which made for difficult spotting conditions. We had a glimpse of two ocean sunfish, saw grey seals in the water and on the rocks -image, image, image, image, image-. Murky conditions often disorientate seabirds which can lead to good sightings close inshore. Today this helped us to see 1000's of shearwaters, lots of gannets and a good few auks.
15th July
 
The run of lovely weather came to an end today and it looks like we've got a couple of stormy days coming up. Today we saw an ocean sunfish -image, image- grey seals -image, image, image, image-. It looks like this tall ship might have decided to sit out the windy weather in Mount's Bay -image, image-
14th July
 
We had another great day for common dolphins today and saw different pods 5 times throughout the day -image, image, image, image, image, image, image- we also saw a skipping sunfish and seabirds.
13th July
 
It was another good wildlife day today. We saw a pod of common dolphins and watched them feeding before they came over the check us out and then bow ride for a while -image, image, image, image, image, image, image-. We also saw two basking sharks one with scarring all down it's back probably from being hit by a fast moving boat -image, image-. The ocean sunfish were about again we saw one skipping and one basking -image-. As well as all this the grey seals were hauled out in thier usual spots -image, image- and we got so good seabird sightings too -gannets, fulmar-
12th July
 
We had great spotting conditions today with overcast skies and mill pond calm seas. We saw 5 harbour porpoises feeding in two groups -image, image, image, image- 4 ocean sunfish basking in the sun and skipping -image, image, image- grey seals in a variety of places -image, image, image, image, image- including one being serenaded by a saxophonist -image- and seabirds. There was a very tame juvnile shag hanging around the harbour this today
11th July
 
A little bit quieter today but we still saw 4 ocean sunfish -image, image- grey seals -image- and a variety of seabirds
10th July
 
We had a day when we saw a good variety of wildlife although it was all being a bit tricky to spot. Some days things come easy and some days you have to work for your sightings. We saw 2 basking sharks -image, image, image- 2 harbour porpoises, 3 ocean sunfish -image, image- a grey seal -image, image- and seabirds. The seabird higlight was hundreds of feeding gannets -image- with sooty and balearic shearwaters mixed in. We got a really close up view of balearic shearwtaers which is special as they are europes only critically endangered seabird.
9th July
 
After yet another run of windy rough weather we had a great day out on the water today. We had lovely views of an ocean sunfish -image, image- and a glimpse of a harbour porpoise in the morning. In the afternoon we found 4 of the local pod of bottlenose dolphins and they were in a very playful mood -image, image, image, image, image, image, seq1, seq2, seq3- We have so many good photos that I'll upload some more to our facebook page later. There should also be a video up there soon as well. We also saw a variety of seabirds today and got some lovely views of gannets.
5th July
 
We headed out in to a lumpy sea this morning ahead of the building winds that are going to set in over the next couple of days. We saw grey-seals on the rocks and in the water -image, image, image, image, image, image- and seabirds.
4th July
 
Today we saw harbour porpoises feeding inshore on sand eels -image- we also saw grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds -guillemots- including a pomarine skua harrassing a greater black backed gull twice its size.
3rd July
 
There are lots of ocean sunfish around at the moment. Today we saw two -image,image, image- We also saw grey seals -image, image- and seabirds. There were a lot of kittiwakes feeding on sand eels today and a large group of fulmars on the water cackling at each other.
2nd July
 
The sun shone again today and the wind stayed calm. We watched 5 common dolphins -image, image, image, image- feeding on sand eels, saw 3 feeding harbour porpoises -image-, 2 ocean sunfish -image-, grey seals -image, image, image- on the rocks and in the water and seabirds -fulmar, razorbills-
1st July
 
It was a lovely day to be out on the water today -image-. We saw grey seals -image, image- and seabirds -gannets, kittiwake-
June 2011
30th June
 
We saw the bottlenose dolphins again today over by St. Michael's Mount. They put on a lovely display for us before heading east -image, image, image, image-. We also saw grey seals lounging around on the rocks and in the water -image, image, image- and seabirds
29th June
 
The bottlenose dolphin pod were around today and they gave us a lovely flyby. The pod looked to be 16 strong again with calves in tow -image, image, image, image, image, image- We also saw a skipping ocean sunfish, grey seals -image, image- and seabirds.
28th June
 
We saw two ocean sunfish today one of which was skipping. It's thought they do this to get rid of parasites -image-. There were a good number of grey seals on the rocks and in the water early on today -image, image, image- We also saw a variety of seabirds including a good few gannets diving on sand eels close in to the coast -image, image-. The lugger 'Happy Returns' was going faster than we've ever seen her move in the birsk wind -image-.
27th June
 
Today we got great views of a basking shark in 3 different places -image, image, image, image-. We also saw 2 ocean sunfish -image, image- a grey seal and seabirds -gannet-. The coastline looked very dramatic in the mist today -image-.
24th June
 
Today we saw grey seals -image- and seabirds. There was an amazing feeding frenzy of hundreds of gannets with lots of harbour porpoises, off Gwennap Head but that was at 8pm last night. There are lots of traditional vessels arriving for the Golowan festival which is on in Penzance this week, which culminates with Mazy Day and Quay Day this weekend -image-.
23rd June
 
Once again poor weather has kept us port bound. We got out today though and saw 2 harbour porpoises (here's a link to a porpoise photo taken earlier this year as it was a bit lumpy to snap them today), grey seals -image, image, image- and a variety of seabirds including a puffin -image-.
19th June
 
After another run of unseasonal weather we managed to get out today and had some fantastic trips. We saw our bottlenose dolphin pod on both trips and they spent a lot of time bowriding as we sailed along gently. There were up to 16 animals -image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image- . We also saw grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds. On our facebook page there's a nice video from today.
15th June
 
We had some fun trips out in the lumpy conditions today. We saw grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds including a puffin -gannet, razorbills-
14th June
 
Today we saw 2 basking sharks (it's been a slow June for sharks so far so these were a welcome sight) -image, image- we also saw a grey seal and seabirds -razorbills, kittiwakes, fulmar-
11th June
 
Today we saw grey seals -image- Click here to see one hauling out on a rock. We also saw seabirds -fulmar- . On one of today's trips we went east -Prussia Cove House-
10th June
 
After heavy rain this morning we set out on our afternoon trip in sunshine but with fresh winds which made for exciting sailing. We saw grey seals -image, image, image, image, image- and seabirds -fulmar-
9th June
 
We saw a harbour porpoise -image-, grey seals -image, image, image, image- and seabirds -gannet, guillemots-. It was quite a squally day today -image-
6th June
 
Another lovely sunny day today. We saw grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds. Here are some shots of circling and diving gannets -image, image, image-
5th June
 
Today we saw bottlenose dolphins -image, image, image, image- on first inspection they appear to be two young dolphins that are new to our area. We also saw two groups of harbour porpoises and got some fantastic views -image, image, image-. The grey seals -image, image, image- were hauled out in thier usual places and we saw seabirds as well -fulmar-
3rd June
 
On today's trips we saw grey seals -image, image- and interestingly a common seal -image, image, image- It's very unusual to see common seals in Cornwall. They are normally found on the east coast of the UK so this one must have made it's way along the south coast. There have apparently been some sightings of them in the Isles of Scilly recently. We also saw seabirds -fulmars, Manx shearwaters- including another large feeding group of Manx shearwaters and gannets in a similar place to yesterday. We're pretty sure they were feeding on pilcahrds. The fisheries patrol were out and about today.
2nd June
 
We saw our first ocean sunfish of the year today. It was a bit of a fleeting glimpse and we didn't get a picture but it was a welcome sight. We also saw grey seals -image, image, image, image- and seabirds -gannet, Manx shearwaters, shags-. Just like yesterday we found a large group of Manx shearwaters and gannets feeding about 3 miles offshore this afternoon.
1st June
 
Today we saw grey seals -image,image- and seabirds -oystercatcher-. In the afternoon we found hundreds of Manx shearwaters feeding under some diving gannets -image, image, image, image, image- a spectacular sight. The Minack was having its first afternoon performance of the summer. Everyone was heading for home at the end ot the day -image-
May 2011
31st May
 
It was a quiet day out there today but we had some lovely views of grey seals -image, image, image- and seasbirds.
30th May
 
Brisk north westerly wind made for some fun sailing today. We saw grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds. There were lots of other boats out enjoying the bank holiday -image-.
27th May
 
The wind swung around to the north west today which meant calmer seas and that we were able to run trips. It was just as well it did because we had fantastic views of a breaching basking shark. It breached three times and everyone onboard got once in a lifetime views. We didn't get shots as breaches are very difficult to snap but this video I found on you tube shows a classic breach. Being on a boat we were a lot closer than this so got much better views. We also saw grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds -Manx shearwater-. There were lots of swallows flitting around and a little egret on St. Clement's Island.
24th May
 
We finally got out again today after another run of windy weather and rough seas. The sea was still fairly lumpy at first after the storms but things calmed down through the day and by the end of the second trip summer seemed to have returned. We saw grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds including puffins -image, image-. The gannets were diving in a very tropical looking Porthcurno -image, image-
20th May
 
There was a bit more breeze today and we had a lovely sail and saw several grey seals -image, image, image, image- hauled out on the rocks and seabirds. It was a bit quieter offshore today.
19th May
 
We had two lovely trips in the sunshine and big rolling westerly swell today. We saw a Minke whale (our first for this year) -image- , a glimpse of a basking shark, grey seals -image, image, image, image, image- and seabirds -fulmars, guillemots-
15th May
 
We were only able to do a shorter trip today as the south westerly wind was making it pretty lumpy further offshore. We saw a seal and seabirds today.
15th May
 
Despite the breezy and choppy conditions today we found a basking shark -image, image-, several seals -image, image, image- and seabirds.
14th May
 
We had a nice friendly bunch of people on boards and some fantastic sailing. We saw seabirds -image, image-. It was one of the handful of times a year that it was very quiet out there on the wildlife front. The Trinity House ship 'Patricia' was out in the bay today.
11th May
 
After 12 port bound days the wind has finally calmed enough to allow us to get back out on the water. In the morning we saw a small basking shark -image, image-. In the afternoon we saw 2 harbour porpoises -image- and seabirds. At the end of the day we saw our bottlenose dolphin pod which was 15 strong today -image, image, image, image, image, image, image-. It was a lovely end to the day and even the Scillonian passengers may have seen the dolphins on the way in.
April 2011

29th April
 
Today we saw a grey seal and seabirds -fulmar-. We saw our first Balearic shearwater of the year today this is Europes only critically endangered seabird. Local lugger the Happy Return -image- heads across to the Isles of Scilly for the World Gig Championships.
28th April
 
Today we saw a harbour porpoise -image- and seabirds -image, image-. The coast was looking very fresh and green -image- despite the dry weather and Porthcurno -image- was lovely as ever.
27th April
 
We had some lovely trips today with a lot of seabird activity offshore. We saw grey seals -image,image, image- and seabirds -image, image- including lots of Manx shearwaters -image-
26th April
 
After a bit of a quiet spell on the cetacean front we saw common dolphins today -image, image, image, image-. There were about 10 in the pod which was made up of a mixture of adults and juveniles. We watched them feeding for a while before leaving them to their own devices. We also saw grey seals -image- and seabirds.
24th April
 
It was another sunny spring day but we still had a strong northerly wind to make spotting wildlife tricky. We saw grey seals -image, image- including one chomping on a sole out in the bay. We also saw a good variety of seabirds including some great views on Manx shearwaters -image, image, image-. There are a couple of tall ships in the bay as well -image-
23rd April
 
Today we saw grey seals and seabirds. It was fairly quiet out there today although there were a few gannets on the prowl. We forgot the camera so no pictures today.
22nd April
 
Grey seals hauled out on rocks -image, image, image- and seabirds
21st April
 
Grey seals -image, image, image, image,image- and seabirds -shags- today
20th April
 
Today we saw lots of grey seals hauled out -image, image, image-, a basking shark breaching and a variety of seabirds including puffins -puffin, guillemots, fulmars-. It was another lovely day . We had very large tides today which meant it was rushing out round the headlands to the west.
17th April
 
We did a series of our shorter trips today in fun sailing conditions and saw grey seals -image, image, image- hauled out on the first trip and in the water on the last. We also saw a variety of seabirds. There were plenty of other boats out enjoying the weather -image-
16th April
 
The calm spell continued and we saw harbour porpoises again today. A group of 3 this time -image, image, image-. We also saw grey seals and seabirds -oystercatcher, oystercatchers-
15th April
 
Calm conditions again today and this meant more harbour porpoise sightings. A lone animal at the start of the trip -image- and a group of 5 at the end -image, image, image-. We also saw grey seals -image, image- and seabirds including puffins, terns and curlews.
12th April
 
We had some lovely trips today. There was a surprising amount of swell around out to the west with waves crashing in along the coast. We saw grey seals -image- a fleeting glimpse of a harbour porpoise and a variety of seabirds including quite a few feeding gannets. Sadly we also found a dead harbour porpoise - it looked to be a juvenile. It had probably become tangled in a gill or a trammel net.
10th April
 
After yesterdays blow the wind dropped for today and the sea was like a mirror. This helped us to spot three groups of harbour porpoises. Two in the first group (a mother and calf ) -image, image-, two in the second group (two adults) and then three in the third group (a mother, a calf and a juvenile) . We also saw a good number of grey seals but the camera battery had died by this point so no pictures today. There were a variety of seabirds around too -fulmars-
8th April
 
It was lovely and calm this morning and as we set out from the harbour we imediately came across a group of harbour porpoises - living up to their name for once -image, image, image, image
 
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