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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.
November 2012
18th Novemebr   Just a short trip today. We saw grey seals -image, image- and seabirds. Since the bottlenose dolphin visit a few days a go it's been quite for harbour porpoises in the bay. St. Michaels Mount looking wintery. Looking along the coast towards Gwennap Head.
17th November   We had a lovely afternoon trip today and returned to Penzance with the setting sun. We saw a harbour porpoise (no photo so I've linked to a blog shot), grey seals -image, image- and a variety of seabirds ducks and divers -guillemot, common scoters, curlew, great northern diver-. The moon as we headed for home. St. Michael's Mount earlier in the afternoon.
15th November   The bottlenose dolphins have been in the bay for the last two days but unfortunately they'd had moved on today! We saw a grey seal -image- and a good variety of seabirds -kittiwake, fulmar, shag, great northern diver- we also saw a Balearic shearwater. There was an impressive swell running today and the waves were breaking over the Lee Ore.
11th November   Another lovely Novemebr day today. There were lots of harbour porpoises about but they had feeding on their agenda so were tricky to photograph. We also saw grey seals -image, image, image- and a variety of seabirds -shags, gannet, guillemot- The sailing club dinghies where racing in the frostbite series this afternoon.
6th November   We had a great trip out today. We saw a lone Risso's dolphin -image- there were probably others around as they usually travel in loose groups, but we couldn't pick them up. We also saw a feeding basking shark -image- this is the latest one I've seen. There were 3 seals hauled out on the rocks -image, image- including one with a first year coat maybe one of this years pups -image- . We also saw a variety of seabirds. The low sun makes for some fantastic silvery scenes -image-
October 2012
30th October   We had another good weather window today and managed to fit in two trips despite the evenings drawing in. We saw harbour porpoises throughout both and got some lovely views and heard lots of piffing! -image, image, image, image, image, image, image- There were grey seals on the rocks and in the water -image, image- and lots of seabirds including sooty shearwaters -juvenile gannet, guillemots, kittiwake, juvenile herring gull- and ducks and waders around -curlew-
23rd October   The further out we headed the thicker the fog set in today but we stuck to our guns and despite the fog found out first harbour porpoises right where we predicted they might be! Once we'd found one pod we then found small pod after small pod -image, image-. Our final encounter was a special one as an adult porpoise swam right along the length of the boat much to the delight of all on board -image- (the pictures not great due to the poor light conditions). We also saw 2 grey seals -image- and a variety of seabirds -guillemot- we also saw some mute swans out by Mousehole.
21st October   We had a lovely sail on a 1 1/2 hour trip this morning. We saw seabirds -turnstones, guillemot, shags and cormorants-
20th October   Finally some calm conditions! We had a great trip today. We saw common dolphins and had them bow riding as we sailed along -image, image, image, image, image, image-. We also saw a grey seals -image, image- and a variety of seabirds -razorbill and guillemot, whimbrels and curlews-
16th October   The weather calmed enough for us to sneak a trip in. It was only a short one as it was still very rough further offshore. The swell around the island also meant that there were no seals hauled out on the rocks. -curlew, St Michael's Mount and the horse in the stable-
13th October   We had a mornings filming today. We were looking at coastal views so didn't really go searching for wildlife. Th sunrise was amazing -image, image, image- and it turned into a fun morning -image, image, image, image-
9th October   Finaly the fog lifted a bit and allowed us to do a proper trip. We saw lots of pods of harbour porpoises -image, image, image, image, image- grey seals -image- and seabirds -gannet, guillemot and razorbill, curlews-
8th October   We had calm conditions for our trip this afternoon unfortunately there were also some thick fog banks so we shortened it to a 2 hour trip. We saw a harbour porpoise -image-, a grey seal -image- and seabirds -gannet, guillemots and razorbills- including a pomarine skua.
6th October   It was a lovely sunny day today but the sea was quite choppy because of the fresh north easterly breeze. We saw two pods of feeding harbour porpoises (they were tricky to snap in the chop so no pictures). We also saw a variety of seabirds -gannet, guillemots-. The skyscape was lovlely today.
5th October   It was a bit murky today in the drizzle but we still managed to fit a trip in. We saw lots of harbour porpoises feeding in groups under gannets. We also saw a variety of seabirds -gannet, juvenile gannet, razorbill- including sooty shearwaters
4th October   We finally managed to get out for our first October trip (we've had a stormy start to the month). The conditions were still a little challenging for wildlife spotting with a stiff westerly breeze and some fairly large Atlantic swell. We saw grey seals -image, image, image, image- and seabirds -oystercatchers-
September 2012
29th Sept   We had two Ocean Discoveries today and saw large pods of harbour porpoises throughout both trips -image, image, image, image, image- we also saw grey seals -image, image- and seabirds -gannet, juvenile kittiwake- including sooty shearwaters and ringed plovers -image, image, image-. On the afternoon trip we saw a large feeding event offshore with hundreds of gannets diving. We headed out there to investigate we got glimpses of common dolphins and harbour porpoises feeding underneath but we were looking right in to the low afternoon sun glare and quite lumpy seas so spotting them was extremely tricky.
28th Sept   Today we saw a harbour porpoise -image- grey seals -image, image,image- and seabirds -juvenile herring gull- on a Bay Discovery
27th Sept   First time out for a while after some stormy weather. we saw harbour porpoises, grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds -gannet, gannets- including Balearic shearwaters. The small inshore boats were out in numbers making use of the good weather -image- even though there were still some waves around -image-
22nd Sept   We only managed a short trip today as the wind built and the sea got rough. We saw grey seals -image- and seabirds -gannet-. It was fairly choppy by the end of the trip -image- but the dinghies looked to be having fun -image-
21st Sept   Lots of pods of harbour porpoises all along todays route -image, image, image, image-. We also saw 3 ocean sunfish -image- grey seals -image, image- and a variety of seabirds. We saw a red admiral butterfly battling against the offshore wind a couple of miles from land. It was a lovely September afternoon!
20th Sept   Today we saw harbour porpoises -image-, grey seals -image- and seabirds -gannets, razorbills, shags-
19th Sept   There seemed to be harbour porpoises everywhere today. We saw them feeding under diving gannets in large pods throughout the 30 miles we covered on our trip -image, image, image, image, image, image, image- . We also saw grey seals -image, image, image, image- and seabirds -gannet- including a grey phallarope.
17th Sept   We saw 2 minke whales again today. Probably the same 2 from yesterday but they were in a different place -image, image, image, image- we also saw harbour porpoises -image, image-. Duncan saw a basking shark under the water but unfortunately it stayed low . We also saw grey seals hauled out on the rocks and one feeding along the coast -image, image-. There were a variety of seabirds around -oystercatcher-.
16th Sept   Today we watched two minke whales feeding and had one come very close to the boat to investigate us -image, image, image, image- we saw two pods of harbour porpoises one feeding and one travelling -image-. There was a basking shark -image, image- and an ocean sunfish -image- along the coast. The grey seals were hauled out in their usual places -image, image- and we saw a variety of seabirds -gannet-including sooty shearwaters and Cory's shearwaters.
15th Sept   There were lots of common dolphins around this morning in pods ranging from 10 to more than 40 animals. We came across pods all along the coast watching them feeding under gannets and later had them bow riding along with us -image, image, image, image, image, image-. In the afternoon we saw lots of harbour porpoises. We started off seeing ones and twos but finished off seeing a pod of 10 -image, image, image-. We also saw grey seals in the water and on the rocks -image, image- and a variety of seabirds -gannets, guillemot- including a sooty shearwater.
13th Sept   Today we saw common dolphins throughout our trips in pods ranging from 2 animals up to 30 -image, image, image, image, image- there was also a large pod of harbour porpoises feeding (more than 20) -image - . We saw 2 ocean sunfish one of which was breaching and there were grey seals hauled out in the usual places -image, image, image- and one in the water in an unusual place. We saw a variety of seabirds -gannet-
11th Sept   We saw a basking shark -image, image- 3 pods of harbour porpoises -image- a grey seal -image- and seabirds -fulmar, gannet- today.
8th Sept   Today we saw harbour porpoises (no pictures as the camera batteries went flat!) basking sharks -image, image, image, image, video- an ocean sunfish -image-, grey seals -image- and seabirds -fulmars, razorbill- including a great skua.
7th Sept   There were loads of basking sharks around today including some big ones of more than 7 metres -image, image, image, image, image-. We also saw lots of pods of harbour porpoises of between 3 and 6 animals (more than 30 in total) -image, image, image, image-, 4 ocean sunfish -image- grey seals -image- and seabirds -shags, guillemot, fulmars- including sooty and balearic shearwaters.
6th Sept   Today we saw harbour porpoises -image, image, image- and ocean sunfish -image-, grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds -oystercatcher-
5th Sept   We saw bottlenose dolphins again today. Once again there were 4 but different animals to last time -image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image- we also saw a large 7m basking shark -image-, harbour porpoises, grey seals -image- and seabirds -shags, gannet-. A tall ship sailed in to the bay today -image-
3rd Sept   We saw bottlenose dolphins on both trips today -image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, video- an ocean sunfish, grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds -gannet-. It was a lovely calm day today.
1st Sept   Today we saw 50 harbour porpoises throughout our trips in pods ranging from 12 to 1. It's a pretty impressive figure though I'm sure some of the animals were the same popping up in different places at different times of the day -image, image, image, image- We also saw common dolphins. Here's a harbour porpoise and common dolphin video. This morning we came across an ocean sunfish. There were good numbers of grey seals around today -image, image- and we saw a variety of seabirds -Manx shearwaters-. Not so many pictures today as our camera batteries ran out!
August 2012
31st August   The weather was much calmer today but the sightings followed a similar pattern. We saw a pod of 15 common dolphins -image, image, image, image- harbour porpoises -image, image- ocean sunfish -image-, a glimpse of a basking shark, grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds -Manx shearwater, gannet-
30th August   We had a fresh northerly breeze today and large westerly swell which made todays trips rather exciting. In the morning we saw grey seals -image, image, image- and lots of ocean sunfish -image- including one breaching right next to the boat -image-. In the afternoon we saw 2 groups of harbour porpoises sunfish and seals again but also had great common dolphin encounters -image, image, image, image- . There seemed to be numerous pods of 10 to 20 animals spread out offshore all feeding under diving gannets. While watching we were visited by three different groups who bow rode and surfed in the waves around us. We also saw a variety of seabirds today including grey phalaropes and a puffin.
28th August   Today we saw a leatherback turtle. After first being sighted, it dived for at least 10 minutes before surfacing not more than 5 metres from the boat before diving again. We had views of basking sharks in 4 different places, possibly one, most likely 2 sharks and potentially 4 different animals (analysis of the photos will tell) -image, image, image, image-. We had good views of harbour porpoises feeding despite the lumpy conditions as many as 15 in the afternoon and a glimpse of 1 in the morning. We saw loads of ocean sunfish 1 in the morning and 7 in the afternoon -image-. We also saw grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds.
26th August   Today we saw common dolphins; a pod of 15 who decided to race over and bowride with us while we sailed along -image, image, image, image, image-. We also saw three different groups of harbour porpoises -image, image, image- ocean sunfish breaching and basking -image- grey seals -image, image, image and seabirds including Balearic shearwaters-image-
23rd August   We had a good variety of wildlife today. We started with a pod of common dolphins -image, image, image, image-, we saw harbour porpoises on all our longer trips -image, image, image- we saw basking sharks -image, image- once again there were lots of ocean sunfish around; basking, breaching and being cleaned by gulls -image-. There were lots of grey seals hauled out -image, image- and we saw a variety of seabirds -fulmar, gannet, whimbrel-
22nd August   We had a lovely encounter with two different pods of harbour porpoises today, a total of 15 animals, some of them chose to investigate the catamaran and gave us close up views -image, image, image-. We saw ocean sunfish throughout the day including some really big ones -image-. Once again the grey seals were hauled out in their usual places along with yesterdays 1st year seal -image, image, image-. We saw a variety of seabirds as well -gannet-
21st August   Today we saw lots of harbour porpoises throughout the day. They were in pods of between 3 and 7 and we saw 15 in total -image, image-. We saw lots of ocean sunfish again including some breaching -image-. There were quite a few grey seals hauled out on low tide including a youngster still with its first year yellow coat (probably about one year old) -image, image-. We saw a variety of seabirds as well -gannets- We passed this very expensive looking yacht out by the Runnelstone Reef -image-
20th August   We saw a large adult minke whale today -image, image, image, image, image- we got some great views of it as it was feeding and stayed in the area circling the same patch. It was feeding below the surface so no lunges but still amazing viewing. We also had distant views of 150+ common dolphins as they raced south west out through the rough sea of Carn Base. Once again we saw loads of ocean sunfish; some breaching but most basking or swimming -image, image-. The grey seals were hauled out at low tide -image, image, image- and we saw a variety of seabirds -fulmars- including an arctic tern.
19th August   Today was a day of fish! We saw lots of basking sharks throughout the day -image, image, image, image- and 18 ocean sunfish; some basking, some swimming and some being pecked clean buy gulls (gulls eat the parasites of ocean sunfish) -image, image-. We also saw grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds -gannets, shags-
18th August   The storm has finally passed and the sea calmed enough for us to head out this afternoon. We saw a basking shark -image, image, image-, 3 harbour porpoises -image-, grey saels -image, image- and seabirds -fulmar - . The fog started to descend as we headed in -image- The tunrstones have come back from the north and returned to the harbour -image-
14th August   Today we saw a harbour porpoise, 5 ocean sunfish including one breaching -image-, grey seals -image, image, image - and a variety of seabirds -gannets. razorbills-
13th August   Todays rough conditions meant we could only run shorter trips in more sheltered water. We found a pod of more than 10 common dolphins feeding -image, image, image- and later on an ocean sunfish -image- and grey seals. We also saw a variety of seabirds.
12th August   Despite choppier conditions today we saw a good mixture of wildlife. A breaching basking shark leaping 3 feet clear of the water. Common dolphins -image, image, image-. Great views of harbour porpoises in a variety of places -image, image, image-, lots of ocean sunfish -image-, grey seals -image, image-, compass jellyfish and a variety of seabirds -fulmar-.
10th August   Choppier conditions today with a building south easterly wind. We still managed to get one long trip and one short trip in. The conditions made spotting wildlife tricky. We saw ocean sunfish basking and breaching -image-, grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds. Penzance is hosting the Fireball National Sailing championships next week. Looks like someones getting some last minute fine tuning in -image-
9th August   Once again we had a fantastic day for wildlife with great sightings on all three trips. We saw another leatherback turtle (no photos as it was a brief encounter) and found common dolphins feeding -image, image, image-. We saw lots of different groups of harbour porpoises and had one spectacular encounter -image, image, image-. Through the day we saw 10 basking sharks -image, image, image- lots of ocean sunfish -image- grey seals -image, image, image- and a variety of seabirds. We had some keen spotters on board this afternoon -image-.
8th August   In the morning we saw 50+ common dolphins -image, image- and got lovely views of harbour porpoises in a few different places some investigating the boat and some feeding under gannets. We must have seen 30 in total -image, image, image-We also saw grey seals -image- and ocean sunfish -image-. In the afternoon we saw over 100 common dolphins -image, image- had lovely views of harbour porpoises investigating the boat -image-. We saw a basking shark (no photos as the camera battery died) We also saw ocean sunfish both basking an breaching and grey seals -image-. On the shorter evening trip we saw the inshore pod of bottlenose dolphins in a relaxed fish flicking mood -video- and grey seals. We saw a good variety of seabirds throughout the day -gannet- including sooty shearwaters.
6th August   We had great encounters with large pods of feeding harbour porpoises today. In the morning we watched them surfing through waves feeding under diving gannets. It was brilliant to watch their powerful blows as they surfaced. In the afternoon we watched them between bouts of feeding and listened to them piffing as they surfaced -image, image, image- We saw ocean sunfish basking and breaching today -image-. There were lots of grey seals hauled out in their normal spots -image, image-. We had fantastic views of diving gannets today some diving from amazing heights. We also saw a variety of other seabirds -juvenile kittiwake-
5th August   Another leatherback turtle. This one hung around at the surface for long periods in between two long dives that we saw it do -image, image, image, image-. We also saw lots of harbour porpoises throughout the day they set up large foraging events with gannets and then spent time in between restfully surfacing in the area. I saw one breach high enough to get its tail flukes clear of the water!. We saw lots of ocean sunfish today -image- and there were good numbers of grey seals resting in their normal places -image, image, image-. On the seabird front it was quieter today although there were good numbers of gannets and Manx shearwaters around along with the usual shags, cormorants, fulmars and variety of gulls. There were some interesting boats out in the bay today
2nd August   We were battling the weather a bit today. We managed to get a 3 hour trip in before it got to rough. We saw an ocean sunfish -image- grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds including great skuas. In the afternoon we could only run shorter trips. We saw grey seals -image-, a breaching sunfish and seabirds.
July 2012
31st July   The weather was slightly more unsettled today so we headed out early to get a trip in before conditions became too rough. We found three groups of harbour porpoises. In the first group there were more than 20 animals feeding under diving gannets -image- (they weren't as easy to snap in the chop today!). We also saw an ocean sunfish -image-, grey seals -image, image, image, image- and seabirds -gannets- including two pomarine skuas.
30th July   Once again the same area of ocean provided us with a great spectacle. 40+ common dolphins racing up and down herding fish -image, image, image, image- they were feeding alongside harbour porpoises -image- there were a lot of porpoises although they were trickier to spot in the chop. We also saw an ocean sunfish -image- grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds.
29th July   Another fantastic day. In the morning we watched over 30 harbour propoises feeding once again in a similar area to yesterday. In between bouts of feeding below 100's of diving gannets they came around the boat giving us fantastic views. One porpoise surfed right down past us passing feet from the boat -image, image, image, image, image, image- In the afternoon we saw the biggest basking shark we have seen this year over 7m in length -image, image- and then found the harbour porpoises again -image- We also saw grey seals -image, image- and seabirds -fulmar, gannets, kittiwake-
28th July   A rain shower this morning cleared and we found ourselves once again with harbour porpoises all around. There were more than 30 in the area around us herding up fish and causing gannets feeding eevents. One group of 4 came over to investigate the boat. We could see their bodies under the water as they darted in and out swimming underneath the boat. In the afternoon the experience was repeated! -image, image, image, image, image-. We also saw compass jellyfish, grey seals -image- and seabirds -gannet, fulmar- including a sooty shearwater. The Scillonian ferry passed us this morning while we were watching the porpoises.
27th July   We had a very strong northerly wind today which meant it was calm by the coast but choppy offshore. We saw lots of large feeding events with scores of gannets raining out the sky and groups of harbour porpoises feeding underneath -image-. They spent the whole day feeding in the same area but were tricky to watch in the choppy conditions offshore. We also saw an ocean sunfish -image-, grey seals -image- and seabirds -gannet, kittiwake-
26th July   Today we saw 7 basking sharks ranging from 3m up to 6m in length feeding in along the coast and further offhsore -image, image, image, image- We saw more than 15 harbour porpoises in groups from 2 to more than 6 animals. Once again we got fantastic views of them -image, image, image-. We also saw lots of ocean sunfish -image-, grey seals -image- and seabirds -manx shearwater, puffin, gannet-
25th July   We saw harbour porpoises all day today although they gave the best viewing in the afternoon. We found a group we recognise because of their colouration and the nick in one of the adults dorsal fins. They were in a very playful mood. One of them leapt clear of the water, which is rare to see with porpoises and then two of the adults surfed passed us in a trawlers wake! -image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image-. We also saw a few ocean sunfish. In the morning one breached and in the afternoon they were basking -image, image-. We saw grey seals both in the water and hauled out on the rocks -image- and seabirds including lots of Manx shearwaters -gannets in formation-
24th July   We saw yet another leatherback turtle today! -image-. We also saw a basking shark -image, image-, 4 different groups of harbour porpoises -image-, loads of ocean sunfish -image, image- grey seals -image- and seabirds -manx shearwaters- including sooty shearwaters. There are lots of jellyfish around at the moment which is probably why the sunfish and turtles are here -blue jellyfish- It was another glorious day out on the water -image-
23rd July   Today we saw lots of harbour porposies. They were tricky to watch as they were foraging in small groups but we must have seen 15 different animals through the day in groups of between 2 and 5 -image, image-. We also saw a basking shark feeding -it was a small one but we got spectacular views in the clear water -image, image, image-. We saw lots of ocean sunfish -image, image-. The grey seals were hauled out in their normal places -image (how comfortable does this look!), image- and we saw a variety of seabirds -manx shearwater, fulmars- including a puffin.
22nd July   Another great day today. We saw a pod of 20 or more common dolphins bow rode along with us for a while -image, image, image, image, image-. We saw harbour porpoises in 2 different places; first feeding under gannets and later surfacing very close to the boat -image, image- we watched a basking shark feeding -image, image- and saw lots of ocean sunfish -image-. There were 3 grey seals basking on the rocks -image, image- and we saw a variety of seabirds -gannets-. We saw pomarine skuas while we had our lunch tied up on the visitors moorings -image-.
21st July   What an amazing day. We started with a pod of common dolphins milling around the boat -image, image, image, image, image- We then saw another leatherback turtle -image, image- had several glimpses of harbour propoises and ocean sunfish -image-. We saw grey seals as well -image- In the afternoon we had magical views of four different groups of harbour porpoises feeding -image, image, image, image-. They were popping up piffing all around the boat! We also saw grey seals -image, image- and seabirds -shag- including a great skua.
20th July   Another great day today. We had fantastic encounters with large pods of common dolphins on both our longer trips -image, image, image, image, image, image, image-. We watched them feeding, had them bow riding and watched them race off at amazing speed to track down some more fish. We also saw grey seals -image, image, image- ocean sunfish and seabirds -gannets, Manx shearwater-. On our shorter evening trip we saw an ocean sunfish and seabirds including a pomarine skua.
19th July   Today was a day of two halves. In the morning we had some lovely views of grey seals -image, image- and seabirds -gannet, kittiwake- but it was quiet for everything else. In the afternoon I used what I'd learned from the morning and we searched a long way offshore and found a large pod of common dolphins feeding under clouds of diving gannets. -image, image, image, image- They stopped feeding for a while and came over to bow ride. There were a lot of small calves with the pod. Here is a video.
17th July   We had quite a contrast today. Foggy in the morning and glorious sunshine in the afternoon. We saw grey seals -image, image- ocean sunfish and seabirds -fulmar, gannet, oystercatchers- including sooty shearwaters and European storm petrels.
15th July   The sun shone and we had some good wind for sailing today -image- and we had some keen wildlife watchers on lookout -image-. In the morning we saw several harbour porpoises although they were tricky to watch and in the afternoon we had a great encounter with a pod of more than 30 common dolphins -image, image, image, image, image- there were lots of calves in this pod including some really small ones. We saw some more harbour porpoises in the afternoon as well. We also saw grey seals -image- and seabirds -gannets diving, fulmar-. We had a visiting cruise ship in the bay.
14th July   It was quieter out there today. We saw a grey seal -image- and seabirds -gannet, fulmar, whimbrel-.
11th July   Conditions were very breezy today making it quite choppy but we still saw ocean sunfish, grey seals -image, image, image- and a good variety of seabirds. We had a lovely sail in this evening past local boats jigging for mackerel.
10th July   We saw common dolphins on both trips today. In the morning we had them bow riding along with us and in the afternoon we watched them socialising together -image, image, image, image, image, image- There were also a lot of ocean sunfish about today. We saw grey seals -image- and seabirds as well.
9th July   Today we saw harbour porpoises in three different places -image- a basking shark feeding -image- grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds -shearwaters, gannet, fulmar-. A bee landed on the deck to hitch a ride -image-
8th July   A distant glimpse of common dolphins this morning and then a great encounter this afternoon -image, image, image, image- we also saw grey seals -image, image- there was a bit argy-bargy over haul out spots between the seals today -image-. The gannets were putting on a good show as usual and there are good numbers of shearwaters and a few auks around. Hannah snapped a crispnice fulmar action photo!
7th July   We had fresh northerly winds today which made trips tricky. At least the sun came out for us. We found harbour porpoises feeding under lots of diving gannets but the choppier conditions offshore made them very tricky to watch. We also saw grey seals -image, image, image, image- and seabirds -gannet, guillemots-
6th July   We had a great encounter with some very inquisitive Risso's dolphins today. They usually keep themselves to themselves but today decided to investigate the boat -image, image, image, image, image, image-. What made the day even better is that they were travelling in association with common dolphins - image, image, image, image- who decided to bow ride along with us when we left the Risso's. We also saw a harbour porpoise, two ocean sunfish, grey seals -image- and a variety of seabirds. Here is a video of the dolphin encounters.
5th July   Today we saw a basking shark -image- it was small one of about 4 metres. We also saw an ocean sunfish -image- grey seals -image, image- and seabirds. The Sea Salts and Sail festival is on at Moushole and some of the traditional luggers visiting the festival were out for a sail today -image, image-
4th July   We finally had some good weather today and things look good for a little while now. Along with the improved weather we had some great sightings as well! We saw a leatherback turtle -image, image, image- this was a full grown adult of over 2 and 1/2 metres and was a real treat to see a true ocean wanderer. It made two long dives so I'm guessing it was foraging. We also saw our first Minke whale of the year (no pictures as this one was a bit of a slinky Minke and was camera shy) here's a Minke whale from last year. We also saw a breaching ocean sunfish, grey seals -image, image- and a variety of seabirds -Manx shearwater, gannets-
2nd July   We had to shorten our trip to a one and a half hour today because of the weather. We saw a grey seal and a variety fo seabirds including puffins. No pictures today as conditions were tricky for photography.
1st July   Once again we have had a run of stormy weather. We managed to head out on a trip today although conditions were less than perfect for spotting wildlife. Hannah and a couple of the passengers saw a breaching ocean sunfish. We also saw grey seals -image, image, image, image- and seabirds -gannet, kittiwake-. A friendly fisherman proudly showed us a lobster he had caught -image-
June 2012
27th June   It was another murky day today but we still had a great trip despite the fog! We saw a basking shark -image, image, image, image, image- This one was about 3 metres long and was feeding on a very intense pocket of plankton. We also saw 3 ocean sunfish -image- a grey seal and a variety of seabirds including a good number of puffins which was a highlight for me.
26th June   We went from mist -image- to glorius sunshine -image- this afternoon. We saw 2 ocean sunfish -image- a grey seal -image- and seabirds -fulmar, kittiwake- including a pomarine skua and puffins.
25th June   The passengers who braved the drizzly conditions today were rewarded with great views of a 4 metre basking shark -image, image-. We also saw 2 ocean sunfish -image- grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds -razorbills, gannet-
24th June   Yet again we've had a run of stormy weather. Things finally calmed down enough for us to get out on the water today although there were still some big waves out there. We saw grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds -gannet, juvenile-gannet, whimbrel-
20th June   Today we saw a basking shark -image, image, image- this one was a fairly small 3metre shark. We also saw grey seals -image, image, image, image- and seabirds including a sooty shearwater.
19th June   Today we saw common dolphins -image, image- only 4 today which is a small pod for common dolphins. They were in a very restful mood. We also saw 2 ocean sunfish -image, image- , grey seals -image, image- and seabirds -fulmar, gannets-
18th June   Today we saw a good number of grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds -gannet, cormorant-. It was a lovely day to be out on the water -image-
17th June   The storm has passed and we were able to head out for two trips today. We saw big pods of common dolphins on both trips, 30+ in the morning and then 80+ in the afternoon -image, image, image, image, image, image-. Here's a video of today's encounters -video-. We also saw grey seals in the water and on the rocks -image, image-. On the seabird front we saw the usual suspects and European storm petrels -storm petrel, Manx-shearwater-
13th June   We saw grey seals -image, image- and seabirds -shags, fulmar, gannet- today.
12th June   The drizzle turned in to sunshine and we saw 2 ocean sunfish -image, image- grey seals -image, image- and seabirds -guillemots- one of these guillemots is bridled which means it has a white ring around its eye. Bridled guillemots are more common further north so it was unusual to see this one right down here.
11th June   We had warm sunshine and a lovely breeze for sailing today. We saw basking sharks - one large 6m+ shark -image, image, image- and perhaps more excitingly a 1.5m shark (that's about the size they are when they are first born) -image-. We also saw grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds. The Minack Theatre in the middle of a production when we passed this afternoon -image-
10th June   We headed out in to a rolling swell this afternoon and saw harbour porpoises, a mother and calf, feeding close to the shore -image-. We also saw grey seals -image, image- and seabirds -gannet, shag-. Later on during an evening trip we had lovely views of a harbour poprpoise who seemed very intersted in us -image, image- we saw seals again and seabirds.
9th June   The weather finally calmed down a little today. We saw harbour porpoises, grey seals -image, image- and seabirds -fulmar, gannet, cormorant- including European storm petrels.
6th June   Today was similar to yesterday weather wise. We headed out for a shorter trip once things has calmed down in the evening. We saw an ocean sunfish breaching 4 times and seabirds -fulmars, gannets, oystercathcers-
5th June   In contrast to yesterday the weather was windy and the sea rough today. We waited until the evening when things had calmed down a little and then headed out on a short trip. We saw and ocean sunfish -image- and seabirds.
4th June   Calmness returned today. We saw a basking shark -image, image- a harbour porpoise -image, image- grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds -razorbill, guillemot- Hannah got some great shots of a diving gannet and its catch -image, image-. One of the local fishermen with a big lobster -image-
3rd June   Contrasting weather conditions today. We had strong westerly winds today and only managed to get a short trip in before conditions got too rough. Despite the conditions we still had a great trip. We saw 3 ocean sunfish (no pictures as it was a bit rough), grey seals -image, image, image-. We also saw a variety of seabirds including a great skua. The Lifeboat was out training today -image-. A friendly herring gull kept us company while we waited for the tide to come in so we could put the boat away -image-
1st June   What a day! We started with harbour porpoises (4 in all) -image, image-, ocean sunfish -image- and grey seals -image-. Then in the afternoon we came across the largest group of Risso's dolphins I've ever seen. First of all more than 20 came past in groups of 4 and 5. It was great to watch the calves mixed in amongst the adults. After that another two groups of 4-5 animals past including more calves. Then later on a group of 20+ passed us in by the coast. This was likely to be the same group heading back the other way -image, image, image, image, image, image, image, video- One of the interesting observations we were able to make was that some calves are grey in appearance and some are white. We also saw more sunfish in the afternoon -video- and a variety of seabirds throughout the day -fulmar, shag-.
May 2012
31st May   We had a grey choppy day to end May today. The conditions weren't great for wildlife spotting but we did see our first ocean sunfish of the year. One swimming and one breaching which was exciting -image-. We also saw grey seals -image, image-. There was a bit of growling going on as there was a dispute, between two males, over a haul out spot . We saw a variety of seabirds as well.
30th May   Today we saw grey seals -image, image- and seabirds including a cormorant trying to swallow a rather large fish -image, image-
29th May   It turned in to a lovely sunny day today. We saw grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds -fulmar, kittiwakes, razorbill- including a puffin. This splendid yacht motored in to the bay this afternoon -image-
27th May   We saw grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds -razorbills- today on our shorter Bay Discovery trips.
24th May   We had fantastic views of harbour porpoises today -image, image, image-. We saw grey seals -image, image- and seabirds -guillemots, kittiwake- including a flyby by some puffins and a pair of arctic skuas harrying some kittiwakes -image, image-
23rd May   The fantastic weather continued again today. We saw 2 harbour porpoises, lots of grey seals -image, image, image, image, image- and a grey seal researcher! We also saw a variety of seabirds -fulmars, razorbill, gannet and kittiwake-
22nd May   Another calm day today. We saw 3 harbour porpoises -image- 4 grey seals -image, image, image- and a variety of seabirds.
20th May   We had another great day today. We saw 5 harbour porpoises in 3 different places and got some lovely views of them feeding. A family group of three (probably the same animals from yesterday) put on a particularly notable display -image, image, image, image-. We also saw a 5m basking shark -image, image- which cruised past the boat giving us a great view. There where 3 grey seals hauled out in their usual places -image, image-. We saw a variety of seabirds as well -guillemots, gannet- including a puffin and our first pomarine skua of the year!.
19th May  

Today we got lovely view of three harbour porpoises feeding -image, image- a female with her new calf and her calf from last year. We also saw grey seals -image, image, image- and a variety of seabirds.

It was a lovely day in West Cornwall today and just as well because the olympic torch relay started at Lands End before passing through Penzance and on up the county -image-

18th May   Today we saw a harbour porpoise. It hung around for a while but was hard to photograph in the swell. We also saw seabirds -guillemots- including our first European storm petrel of the year.
16th May   Today we saw harbour porpoises in two places. At first a lone porpoise and then a group of four feeding -image-. We also saw grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds -gannets, manx shearwaters- We saw ravens as well. A jack up rig was towed in to Mount's Bay the other day and so far it seems to be staying -rig, tug-
13th May   We were blessed with fantastic weather again today! -image, image-. We saw a pod of 5 Risso's dolphins slowly making their way westwards -image, image, image, image, image, image, image-. We also saw a variett of birds -fulmar, shag, shelduck, sandwich tern-
12th May   It was a beautiful day out on the water today. The coastline was looking very verdant -image-. We saw grey seals -iimage, image, image- and seabirds -gannet-. The offshore breeze caught this buzzard out -image- it was probably sleeping on the wing.
11th May   We saw grey seals -image, image- and seabirds in fun breezy sailing condtions.
8th May   Another sunny calm day out there today. We saw 2 bottlenose dolphins one adult and one juvenile -image, image, image, image, image, video- They were in a social mood and came over to inspect the catamaran. We also saw grey seals resting on the rocks -image, image, image, image- and seabirds -gannet-
6th May   It was a lovely sunny day out on the water today -image, image-. We saw grey seals on the rocks and in the water -image, image, image, image- and seabirds -gannet-
5th May   Today we saw 4 harbour porpoises, including a calf, feeding -image, image- and a variety of seabirds including lots of feeding gannets -gannet, oystercatcher, gulls-
4th May   It was a great day today. We had a school trip and managed to find a basking shark not too far out in the bay which obligingly swam extremely close to the boat -image, image, image, image, image- We also saw a second shark later on. Here is a video of the encounters. We also saw seabirds -greater black backed gull with pilchard in beak-. The sea was boiling with pilchards (Cornish sardines) feeding at the surface.
3rd May   We did two one and a half hour trips today so didn't get a chance to go searching west to the area we found the basking shark yesterday. We saw grey seals -image, image- and seabirds -fulmar-. There were lots of small boats fishing in the bay and lots of plankton in evidence so the signs are good -image-. We had great fun running a school trip today -image-
2nd May   May has started off well bringing us lovely sunny weather and more excitingly our first basking shark of the year. It was at least 8 metres and stayed at the surface feeding for a while before disappearing again. We didn't get our act together to get a shot so here is one from the archives -image-. We also saw a variety of seabirds -shags- including fantastic views of diving gannets -image, image, image-. Here are some more sunny images form today -image, image, image-
April 2012
28th April   Today we saw a grey seal -image- and seabirds -gannet- incluuding arctic terns, lots of whimbrel and a puffin. It was a lovely sunny morning -image, image-
27th April   After a prolonged period of stormy weather we were finally able to get out and run a trip today . We saw 2 harbour porpoises, grey seals -image- and a variety of seabirds -arctic tern, guillemots-. The storm had passed but the sky still had a moody feel to it -image, image-
19th April   There were no trips again today due to the continuing strong winds and rough sea. This has allowed me to develop the research pages on our website.
18th April   There were no trips today due to the strong winds and rough sea so I took the opportunity to update the crew profiles page and add this summers employees.
16th April   We had a nice report of 20+ common dolphins out towards Gwennap Head this morning, they'd moved on by the time we headed out in the afternoon. We did get some great views of a harbour porpoise surfing along next to the boat it popped up alongside only metres away! -image-. We also saw grey seals -image- hanging around waiting for the tide to drop so that they could haul out. and a variety of seabirds -guillemot-.
13th April   Another chilly but sunny day today. We saw grey seals including one feeding over a mile offshore -image, image, image- and seabirds -gannet, kittiwake-. The coastline looked lovely in the afternoon sun -Penberth Cove, image-
12th April   Today we saw grey seals -image, image- and seabirds -fulmars-. It was a lovely evening today -image-
11th April   Just a short trip today. It was a lovely afternoon with two sleepy seals -image, image- and a variety or seabirds. There was a tall ship in the bay this afternoon -image-
8th April  

After a couple of fairly quiet days we had a good feeling when leaving the harbour today. Sure enough we were rewarded with common dolphins. They were a small pod of 6 animals who came over to check us out before carrying on with their foraging -image, image- We also saw 5 grey seals -image, image, image, image, image- and seabirds -oystercatcher, shag, Manx shearwaters-

7th April   Today we saw grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds -fulmar, oystercatcher- St. Michael's Mount was looking lovely in the afternoon light -image-. These caves are in Rinsey Cove and always make me want to swim in and explore them -image-
6th April   Today we saw grey seals -image- and seabirds -fulmars, arctic tern-. There have been a lot of ships anchored in the bay over the last week -image-. The Scillonian was heading out to the Scillies this morning. A relaxing Ocean Discovery -image-.
3rd April   We had great sailing conditions today and on the way back in were treated to a display from the bottlenose dolphin pod. There were only 9 of them today so maybe some of the younger adults had seperated from the pod to do thier own thing. Both the calves were present which was great to see. They weren't in an overly interactive mood so we watched them at a respectful distance -image, image, image, image- Eventually they headed off towards Cudden Point and we headed home -image-. We also saw a grey seal -image- and a variety of seabirds.
2nd April   Today we saw grey seals and seabirds -shags, guillemot. There was some interesting interaction between two of our seals today. At first kelp was resting peacefully at one of her favourite haulouts -image- then along came one of the male seals to try and steal her spot -image, image- she stood her ground as she usually does!
March 2012
30th March   We had a fresh northerly breeze for our trip today which meant things were a little colder than we've been used to. We saw a grey seal -image, image- and seabirds -puffin, fulmar, shelduck-. This cave and the rocks in it are known as the horse in the stable -image- can you see it?
29th March   We only had one of our shorter trips today. We saw a harbour porpoise -image- grey seals -image, image- and seabirds -guillemot, oyster catcher-. Searching for cetaceans -image-
28th March   The beautiful weather has continued and today we had another lovely trip. We saw 3 harbour porpoises -image, image- One of the porpoises had some very obvious scarring and was probably a lucky survivor of a net entanglement. We also saw 4 grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds including puffins -image, image- The small inshore fishing boats have been making the most of the good weather. It looks like this guy has a good catch -image, image-
25th March   We had a great trip in the sunshine today. We saw two harbour porpoises, a grey seal -image- and lots of seabirds -gannet, gannet, kittiwake, kittiwake, guillemots, auks-. We were treated to the fantastic sight of gannets raining out the sky with auks Manx shearwaters and kittiwakes skimming the surface below and plunging in for fish. Unfortunately on the way in we found a dead common dolphin tangled in netting -image-
21st March   It's always good to have a mid week trip in March especially on a day when the sun is shining. We saw grey seals -image, image, image- and seabirds today -fulmar, shag, guillemots-
18th March
 
We headed out on a research trip today and found 3 harbour porpoises -image, image- , a juvenile puffin -image- and a variety of seabirds -fulmars-

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