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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 2013
17th Nov   Today was our final trip of the year as Shearwater II is being craned out of the water tomorrow for her annual winter maintenance. It was a fantastic last trip which was a fitting end to a great year. We saw common dolphins -image, image, image, image- harbour porpoises -image, image, image- and a variety of seabirds -great skua, gannet, fulmars, kittiwakes, shags-. All the children on board had a go at helming today -image-.
16th Nov   It's been a while since we've been out because of the weather and various other things. It was great to get back out today the autumn colours on the coast were lovely and the wildlife was still all in the right places. We saw over 20 harbour porpoises. They were spread out from Penzance all the way west towrds Lands End feeding in groups of 2's and 3's -image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image- we also saw a variety of seabirds -gannets, gannet, guillemots, oystercatchers, cormorants and shag- On returning to the harbour we found the starlings putting on quite a display.
October 2013
15th Oct   Amazing harbour porpoises and common dolphins today! The common dolphins ranged from a pod of 50 to small pods of 5's and 10's -image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image- The harbour porpoises were once again present in very large numbers and being really active -image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image- We also saw grey seals -image, image- and a variety of seabirds -gannets, Balearic shearwater, oystercatcher, gannets- The sunrise was amazing as well -image-
13th Oct   Another great trip today. Once again we had countless numbers of harbour porpoises (actually I totalled the sightings records and it was 105) -image, image, image, image, image, image- they were for the most part feeding under large groups of diving gannets -image, image-. We also saw a variety of other seabirds and waders -oystercatcher-. Here are some picutres from Marijke who joined us on the trip -image, image-
7th Oct   Lots of common dolphins again today. They bowrode with us for miles as we sailed west -image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, video- we also saw more than 20 harbour porpoises in one pod! -image, image, image- grey seals -image, image- and a variety of seabirds and waders -curlew-.
6th Oct   Another lovely October trip today. We saw harbour porpoises -image, image- grey seals -image, image, image, image- a variety of seabirds -shags, guillemot, gannets and gulls- .The swans were out in the bay too.
5th Oct   What a great day! Pods of common dolphins -image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, video- and harbour propoises -image, image, image, image- all day today. We also saw a variety of seabirds -gannet eating , gannets- and a cloud with a troll face in it!
September 2013
29th Sept   The weather recently has been an unfortunate mixture of easterly winds and fog which has given us rough seas and poor visibility and prevented running trips. This is why we've had not sightings updates recently. However I have just updated the news page with some interesting information about bottlenose dolphins
24th Sept   We had some great harbour porpoise encounters today -image, image, image, image, image, image- there are still lots around! We also saw grey seals -image, image- and a variety of seabirds including lots of Balearic shearwaters -razorbill, sandwich tern, Balearic shearwaters- . The ocean swell was very dramatic today -image-
22nd Sept   We still had some roaming fog banks to contend with today -image, image- We a good number of harbour porpoises in different places -image, image, image, image, image- a very large ocean sunfish -image- grey seals -image, image, image- and a variety of seabirds -gannets, gannet, arctic skua, turnstone, guillemot-
21st Sept   It was very foggy for most of our trip today which made spotting conditions a little tricky. We saw 2 harbour porpoises -image, image- and ocean sunfish -image, image- 5 grey seals -image, image, image, image- and a variety of seabirds -gannet, gannets, great skua, shags-
20th Sept   Once again we had incredible numbers of harbour porpoises (over 60) and had some spectacular viewing -image, image, image, image, image, image, image, video- we also saw 5 grey seals (a mixture of males, females and juveniles) -image, image, image- The bird viewing was great as well -curlew, gannet, great skua attacking gull, Manx and Balearic shearwaters, juvenile greater black backed gulls--
18th Sept   It was fairly lumpy after the recent storms but we managed to get out for a shorter ship today. We saw harbour porpoises -image- and a variety of seabirds -curlews, gannet-. The Sennen lifeboat City of London 3 was towing a rather battered looking yacht in to Newlyn -image, image-
14th Sept   We saw incredible numbers of harbour porpoises today (87 in total) including two breaching! -image, image, image, image, image, image, image- We also saw an ocean sunfish -image- grey seals -image- and a variety of seabirds -gannet, Manx and Balearic shearwaters-
11th Sept   We watched a pod of over 50 common dolphins restfully socialising and then bowriding with us -image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, video- we also saw a harbour porpoise mother and calf -image, image- an ocean sunfish -image- a grey seal -image- and a variety of seabirds -gannet-
10th Sept   Today we saw common dolphins a big pod in the morning and a small pod in the afternoon -image, image, image, image, image, image, video- lots of harbour porpoises -image, image, image- grey seals -image, image, image- and a variety of seabirds.
9th Sept   We had amazing numbers of harbour porpoises today. They were tricky to watch in the morning, but still gave us some great views. In the afternoon one of the pods treated us to a specacular encounter -image, image, image, image, image, image, image, video- We also saw an ocean sunfish, a grey seal -image- and a variety of seabirds -gannet, gannets, gannets1, kittiwake, shag-
8th Sept   Today we saw a small pod of common dolphins -image, image, image, image- lots of harbour porpoises including one pod of 15 -image, image, image, image, image- an ocean sunfish, grey seals -image, image, image, image- and a variety of seabirds including a Balearic shearwater -image, image- fulmar.
7th Sept   We saw a pod of 6 harbour porpoises today -image, image- 4 grey seals -image, image, image, image- and a variety of seabirds -fulmar-. It looked rough around Longships today.
5th Sept   Today we saw lots of harbour porpoises again including another spectacular breach clear of the water -image, image, image, image, image, image- 5 ocean sunfish -image- grey seals -image, image, image- and a variety of seabirds -Manx shearwater, Manx shearwaters-
4th Sept   It was a different day today with a south east wind and a choppy sea. This made spotting conditions very tricky. We headed out in the morning but cancelled our afternoon trip due to the poor conditions. We saw ocean sunfish, grey seals -image, image- and a variety of seabirds. As we left this morning the mute swans were outside the harbour -image-
3rd Sept   A Minke whale again today -image, image, image, image, image, image, image- lots of harbour porpoises -image, image- lots of ocean sunfish including some breaching and some being pecked clean by gulls -image, image- grey seals -image, image- and a variety of seabirds -gannets, Manx shearwaters and sooty shearwater, great skua, gulls-
2nd Sept   Another whale today! For a brief moment we considered it might be a sei whale but it's more likely to have been a large adult Minke -image, image, image, image, image- we also saw lots of harbour porpoises -image, image, image, image, image- many ocean sunfish -image- and a variety of seabirds including Balearic and sooty shearwaters -Manx shearwater, Manx, fulmars, kittiwake, shearwaters and gannets -
1st Sept   We saw lots of harbour porpoises -image, image, image, image- 6 ocean sunfish including one breaching right next to us -image, image, image- We also saw grey seals -image, image- and a variety of seabirds including 1000's of shearwaters and a great skua -Balearic shearwater, Manx shearwater- There were lots of luggers cutters out in the bay today -image-
August 2013
30th August   The animals have moved with the changing conditions but they're still out there. We found small pods of harbour porpoises all day -image, image- 9 basking sharks in the afternoon -image, image, image- 2 ocean sunfish -image- and lots of grey seals -image, image, image, image- We also saw a variety of seabirds including Balearic and sooty shearwaters. A friendly rock pippit landed on the boat by Mousehole today -image, image-
29th August   We saw lots of harbour porpoises again today (over 30 in pod sizes of up to 8) -image, image, image, image- we also saw a basking shark -image, image, image- 3 ocean sunfish -image- including one being cleaned by a young herring gull -image, image- grey seals -image, image, image- and a variety of sebirds including Balearic and sooty shearwaters -Manx shearwaters-
28th August   Another great day. We had mulitiple encounters with common dolphins and saw a variety of different behaviours throughout the day feeding, bow riding, restful socialising -image, image, image, image, image, image, video-. Once again we saw lots of harbour porpoises in large pods -image, image- We saw 15 basking sharks including some really big ones and one breaching -image, image, image, image- ocean sunfish -image- a grey seal and a vareiety of seabirds including Balearic shearwaters -gannets-
27th August   Once again we had large numbers of harbour porpoises -image, image, image, image, image, image- we also saw a 6 metre basking shark -image- ocean sunfish -image- and a variety of seabirds.
26th August   What a fantastic day! We had a feeding minke whale -image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, video- common dolphins -image, image, image, image, image- 86 harbour porpoises -image, image, image- 4 ocean sunfish -image- a grey seal -image- and a variety of seabirds including our first record of Leach's storm petrel! -kittiwake, gannets-
25th August   It was a very windy choppy day today which made spotting a challenge -image, image- However we still managed to see feeding common dolphins in the morning -image, image- and feeding harbour porpoises in the afternoon -image, image, image, image- we saw grey seals throughout the day including a cute young female in a new place -image, image, image- we had a breaching ocean sunfish in the morning and saw a variety of seabirds -gannet, fulmar, kittiwake-
24th August   We had two amazing gannet and harbour porpoise feeding frenzies this morning -image, image, image, image, image, image- as well as a glimpse of a basking shark in the choppy conditons. We also saw grey seals -image, image-. In the afternoon we saw seals as well as another fantastic harbour porpoise encounter and a glimpse of a leatherback turtle! We saw a variety of seabirds all day -gannet, curlew- and a swan on the way in this afternoon.
23rd August   It was flat calm again today and we saw 39 harbour porpoises throughout the day -image, image, image, image- 17 basking sharks throughout the day -image, image, image, image, image- we saw 5 ocean sunfish, lots of grey seals and a variety of seabirds -gannet, shags, Manx shearwaters- We also saw lots of jellyfish -compass jellyfish-
22nd August   Today we saw common dolphins -image, image, image- lots of harbour porpoises -image, image- lots of basking sharks -image, image, image, image, video- ocean sunfish -image- grey seals -image, image- and a variety of seabirds -Manx shearwaters-
21st August   Another amazing day. We had a super pod of common dolphins this evening -image, image, image, image, image, image, video- saw basking sharks on every trip 8 in total -image, image, image- saw lots of harbour porpoises in the morning and one in the evening -image, image, image- We also saw ocean sunfish on every trip -image- had great views of the grey seals -image- and saw a variety of seabirds.
20th August   We had a great day today. In the morning lots of pods of harbour porpoises -image, image, image, image- ocean sunfish -image, image- grey seals -image, image, image- and a variety of seabirds including sooty shearwaters. In the afternoon we had two common dolphin encounters one with a pod of 4 dolphins and the other with over 100 dolphins -image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, video- we also saw harbour porpoises, oceans sunfish and seals in the afternoon along with a variety of seabirds -diving gannets, gannets, Manx shearwaters, more Manx shearwaters- Here' a photo of last nights moon.
19th August   We watched some interesting behaviour from the seals this morning. Kelp and a male seal were hauled out when a large male seal, we think the Silverback, came swimming over and leaped out and chased the other male seal into the water -image, image, image, image, image, image- we also saw lots of ocean sunfish including many breaches -image- We saw a harbour porpoise and a variety of seabirds -kittiwakes, Manx shearwater, gannet, cormorant and shag-
18th August   Today we saw harbour porpoises; a pod of 6 in the morning and then a lone individual in the afternoon -image, image, image- Some passengers had glimpses of Risso's dolphins but they were in a shy mood. We saw 3 ocean sunfish -image- grey seals -image, image- and a variety of seabirds -gannet, herring gull, kittiwakes-
16th August   Todays sightings started with a pod of 10 feeding harbour porpoises -image, image- later we saw basking sharks -image, image, image, image, image- grey seals -image, image- and finally common dolphins both feeding and bow riding with us -image, image, image, image, image, image, image- We saw a variety of seabirds and waders throughout the day -gannet, curlew, kittiwake, shag-
14th August   Today we saw 4 basking sharks of between 4m and 8m -image, image, image, image- we had a glimpse of a harbour porpoise, saw an ocean sunfish, grey seals -image, image, image- and a variety of seabirds -storm petrels, gannets, fulmar-
13th August   We had light winds and calm seas today. We saw 38 harbour porposies! They were in pod sizes ranging from 2 to 10 -image, image, image, image- we also saw a 6m basking shark -image, image, video- an ocean sunfish, grey seals -image- and a variety of seabirds including -storm petrels, gannets, Manx shearwaters-
12th August   Today we had a cetacean hat trick! - common dolphins -image, image, image- bottlenose dolphins -image, image, image, image- and harbour porpoises -image, image, image, image, image- We also saw a basking shark -image- ocean sunfish -image- grey seals -image- and a variety of seabirds -storm petrel, Manx shearwaters- The Fastnet yacht race is currently underway. The boats race from Cowes out to the Fastnet Rock and then back to Plymouth. We watched a steady stream of sails crossing the horizon throughout the day -image, image- as well as some passing storm clouds -image-
11th August   We saw 9 basking sharks today including some big ones -image, image, image, image, image- we saw a pod of harbour porposies -image, image- ocean sunfsih -image- grey seals -image, image, image, image- and a variety of seabirds -fulmar, kittiwake, Manx shearwaters-
10th August   Today we saw common dolphins -image, image, image- lots of harbour porpoises -image, image, image, image, image- 8 basking sharks -image, image, image, image, image, image- lots of ocean sunfish -image- lots of grey seals -image, image, image- and a variety of seabirds -Manx shearwaters-
9th August   Today started with lots of ocean sunfish -image, image- and grey seals -image, image, image-. In the afternoon we had the sunfish and seals along with harbour porpoises and 3 basking sharks 2 very large ones and one small one -image, image, image, image, image, image-. In the evening we saw common dolphins and watched them feeding -image, image, image, image- We also saw a variety of seabirds -gannet, Manx shearwaters, storm petrels-
8th August   We had a day of two halves today. Lovely conditions in the morning when we saw a big basking shark -image, image, image, image- a large pod of 8 harbour porpoises feeding -image- 13 ocean sunfish -image- grey seals -image, image- In the afternoon conditons became more challenging with a roughening sea however we watched a pod of common dolphins feeding and surfing in the waves -image, image, image, image, image, image, image- We saw a variety of seabirds today too -gannets-
7th August   Another fantastically calm day packed full of great sightings. We saw 6 basking sharks today. Ranging in size from an 8 metre monster to a 3 metre juvenile -image, image, image, image, image- Once again we saw lots of harbour porpoises more than 20 in total in pod sizes between 10 and 1 (the lone porpoise was close inshore smashing through shoals of sand eels) -image, image, image, image- There are still countless ocean sunfish out there -image- We also saw grey seals -image- and a good varitey of seabirds -fulmar, balearic shearwater, sandwich tern- . At the start of the first trip we saw some thrashing at the surface and after inspecting the pictures and some discussion we think it's a pair of red gurnards mating -image-
6th August   It was much calmer today and we had some great wildlife sighitngs. We saw 30 harbour porpoise in pod sizes ranging from 3 to 10 -image, image, image, image, image- There were lots of ocean sunfish around. We counted 11 on trips today -image, image- We also saw grey seals in a few places -image, image-. A mystery splash this afternoon was probably a breaching basking shark and a distant mystery splashy disturbance this evening was liekly to have been a minke whale. We saw a variety of seabirds as well -great skua, gannet, Manx shearwaters, juvenile gull-
5th August   Today we headed out in a rather brisk north westerly which was chopping the sea up and making spotting conditions tricky -image, image-. We saw 3 ocean sunfish -image, image- and got a glimpse of a harbour porpoise. We also saw a variety of seabirds -shags, gannet- While we were out we also found a couple and springer spaniel drifting offshore in a small inflatable, with a broken down engine. We took them aboard and later transferred them to the Sennen lifeboat -image, image, image, image-.
3rd August   Another choppy day and more common dolphins. They were in travelling mode today and passed us as they headed out west at speed -image, image, image, image, image, image- we also saw 2 ocean sunfish -image, image- grey seals -image, image, image- and a variety of seabirds -shags, fulmar-
2nd August   The wind had been very strong overnight and initially we called today's trips off. On waking and finding things calmer than we thought we reinstated the first trip and headed out. It's lucky we did because we found a pod of 30 common dolphins -image, image, image, image, image, image, image- at first they were feeding under diving gannets then they came over to investigate us and bowride for a while. After that we headed back out after reinstating the 1 1/2 hour trip for those that were around and saw a harbour porpoise. The final trip stayed cancelled as the sea roughend up a bit. Common scoters .
1st August   We've had some rough weather to contend with lately but we managed to get out today. We saw basking sharks on all our trips -image, image, image, image-. We also saw a lone common dolphin this morning and a lone harbour porpoise but weren't quick enough with the camera. We saw ocean sunfish all day as well -image, image- We had a glimpse of a seal in the rough water around the island this afternoon and saw a good variety of seabirds -gannet, guillemot-
July 2013
30th July   After two days of rough weather we headed out this afternoon once the sea had calmed slightly. We saw common dolphins -image, image-, a 7m basking shark -image, image- an ocean sunfish -image, image- and a variety of seabirds -first year arctic skua, sooty shearwater, Manx shearwaters, gannets- Gwennap head - the most south westerly point of mainland Britain was looking particularly striking in the late afternoon light
27th July   We had an amazing day today more than 300 common dolphins -image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, video- 16 harbour porpoises spreadout through the days trips -image, image, image- 3 ocean sunfish -image- lots of grey seals -image, image, image- and a variety of sebirds -sandwich terns, gannets, gannet, guillemot, guillemot, fulmar-. There are still jellyfish out there to -compass, blue-
26th July   Its been a quiet year for basking sharks so far however 2 turned up today -image, image, image, image- we also saw 2 ocean sunfish -image- lots of grey seals -image, image, image, image, image- we also saw a variety of seabirds -gannets-. There are still lots of jellyfish around -compass- This morning we got our passengers to pose for a photo for a campaign against cetaceans being kept in captivity -image-. The annual sailing race to the Isles of Scilly and back set off this evening -image-
25th July   It was a sunny breezy day out there today. We saw 3 ocean sunfish -image, image- lots of grey seals -image, image, image, image, image- and a variety of seabirds -gannet, shags and cormorants-
23rd July   It was breezy out there today as the weather has become a little more unsettled -image-. We saw a harbour porpoise, lots of grey seals -image, image, image, image- and a variety of seabirds including -Balearic shearwaters, Manx shearwaters, razorbills, puffins-
22nd July   We saw larger groups of harbour porpoises in both the morning and afternoon today but they were tricky to watch. We also saw an ocean sunfish -image- grey seals -image, image, image- and a variety of seabirds including -gannets, gannet, puffins, fulmars, oystercatchers-
19th July   Today we had a fresh easterly breeze chopping up the sea. Despite the chop we saw a harbour porpoise, several ocean sunfish including some breaches -image, image-. We also saw grey seals in the water and a variety of seabirds including -gannets, shags, Manx shearwater- There are still a lot of moon jellyfish about.
18th July   This morning we saw 12 harbour porpoises in groups ranging from 1 to 6 animals -image, image, image, image, image, image- we also saw 4 ocean sunfish -image-, grey seals -image- and a variety of seabirds -image, guillemot-. In the afternoon we saw the inshore pod of bottlenose dolphins -image, image, image, image, image, image- a spectacular gannet feeding frenzy -image, image- grey seals -image, image, image and a variety of seabirds. Tall ships in the bay -image-
17th July   Today we saw ocean sunfish -image- grey seals -image, image- and a variety of sebords -gannet, gannets, guillemot- Lots of people were out on the water enjoying the lovely sailing conditions -image, image-
16th July   Today we saw 3 ocean sunfish including a very large one which was over a metre across -image, image, image- we also saw grey seals both in the water and on the rocks -image, image, image-. We also saw a variety of seabirds -Manx shearwaters-
15th July   Once again we spotted 10 ocean sunfish today -image- (are we the sunfish capital of the UK at the momment?) We also saw grey seals in a variety of places -image, image, image- and a variety of different seabirds including -gannets, guillemots, Manx-shearwaters, puffin-
14th July   We had the No Tanx freedivers -image, image- on this morning and took them out to snorkel with ocean sunfish. While we were out with them we also saw a blue shark swimming at the surface. Today we saw a total of 10 ocean sunfish -image, image- grey seals -image, image, image- and a variety of seabirds including -sandwich terns, fulmars, gannets, guillemots, Manx shearwaters, Mediterranean gulls-. Once again there were lots of jellyfish around -compass, moon-
13th July   It was a fantastic day with blue skies calm seas and lots of life. We saw a total of 15 harbour porpoises in groups ranging from 1 to 6 animals including lots of calves -image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image- we also saw 4 ocean sunfish -image, image, image- and grey seals -image, image- there are still lots of jellyfish around -compass, blue, moon- we saw a variety of seabirds including -Meditteranean gulls, kittiwakes, guillemots, razorbills, fulmars, kittiwakes, shags, cormorants, Manx shearwaters and gannets-
12th July   It was a day of two halves today. A quieter trip in the morning we had some great views of rafts of foraging shearwaters, gulls and gannets but it wasn't until the afternoon that the ceatceans showed up. We saw common dolphins -image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image- harbour porpoises -image- a breaching ocean sunfish, greay seals -image, image- and a variety of seabirds including -Mediterrnean gulls, kittiwakes, Manx shearwaters and gannets- There are still lots of jellyfish around -moon jellyfish-
11th July   It was a little choppier on the water today we saw 2 harbour porpoises, 3 ocean sunfish -image- grey seals -image- and a variety of seabirds including -gannets, guillemots, Mediterranean gulls, Manx shearwaters-
10th July   Summer continues for another day. We had a report of a large minke whale as we left the harbour this morning but it was 45 minutes away and minkes can cover a lot of ground. We tried to predict it's movements so we could meet up with it but were unlucky today. We saw 3 ocean sunfish -image, image- grey seals in a variety of places including Mask getting bossy with the juvenile who's been hauling our at the island recently -sequence 1, sequence 2, sequence 3, image, image, image- we also saw a variety of seabirds including Mediterranean gulls, fulmars, razorbills including jumplings (to coin a bbcism)
9th July   Once again we had some lovely encounters with common dolphins today -video, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image- . We also saw 5 harbour porpoises -image, image- 2 ocean sunfish -image- grey seals in a varitey of places -image, image, image- compass, moon and blue jellyfish and a variety of seabirds including -Mediteranean gulls, gannets, guillemots- and storm petrels.
8th July   We had two lovely encounters with common dolphins today -image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, video- We also saw 2 harbour proposies, 3 ocean sunfish -image, image- the grey seals were hauled out in their usual spots -image, image- and we saw a good variety of seabirds too -Manx shearwaters, juvenile gannet-
7th July   Another brilliant day of wildlife watching. We had our first leatherback turtle of the year today -image, image, image, image, image- (interestingly our first one last year was 4th July). We also saw 9 harbour porpoises in groups ranging from 1 to 4 including calves -image, image, image, image- We found 2 ocean sunfish -image, image- a good number of grey seals throughout the day -image, image, image, image- and a variety of seabirds including -kittiwakes, guillemots, guillemot and razorbill, gannet, gannets, fulmars-
6th July   It was another summery day today. We saw an ocean sunfish -image, image- grey seals -image, image, image, image, image- and a variety of seabirds including -diving gannet, gannet, fulmars, kittiwake, guillemot, Manx shearwater- a peregrine falcon watching out over the cliffs of Land's End
5th July   What a great day! A juvenile minke whale -image, image, image, image, image- lots of harbour porpoises in different places -image, image- 3 ocean sunfish -image, image- grey seals round at the colony and on the island -image, image, image- and a good variety of seabirds including -gannets, Manx shearwaters, fulmars, razorbills-. We had light winds but lots of dramatic waves breaking around Land's End. The water is thick with frothy plankton stirred up by the wave action.
4th July   Today started damp and misty with a possible minke whale sighting and ended bright and sunny with a large pod of bottlenose dolphins -image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, image, video- We also saw grey seals -image- and a variety of seabirds including -sandwich terns, gannets, hundreds of Manx shearwaters, a sooty shearwater, storm petrels, guillemots, shags, fulmars-
3rd July   It was fairly stormy out on the water today so we were confined to sheltered waters and running only one shorter trip. We saw a grey seal -image, image- and a variety of seabirds including -gannets, common terns and fulmars-
1st July   It was lovely out on the water today. We saw grey seals -image, image- and a variety of seabirds including -gannets, kittiwakes, Manx shearwaters and shags-
June 2013
30th June   Today we saw an ocean sunfish -image- grey seals -image, image, image- and a variety of seabirds including -puffins, common tern, fulmar, gannet, Manx shearwaters-
29th June   We had fairly choppy seas again today. We saw a good number of grey seals both on the rocks and in the water -image, image, image, image, image, image- we also saw a variety of seabirds including puffins and countless Manx shearwaters -gannets, gannet, puffins, more puffins, fulmar-
28th June   It was a bit breezier and duller today with a choppy sea -image, image-. We saw 2 ocean sunfish -image- 6 grey seals both on the land and in the water -image, image, image- and a variety of seabirds including puffins and a really close flyby from a sooty shearwater -diving gannet, gannet mid dive, fulmar, shags and greater blackbacked gulls
27th June   We had some fantastic views of a pod of 5 harbour porpoises today including two calves -image, image, image, image, image, image- we also saw 2 ocean sunfish, 6 grey seals -image, image- and a variety of seabirds -kittiwake, gannets-
26th June   We had yet another great day today. We saw a harbour porpoise -image- 2 large basking sharks -image, image, image, image- 3 ocean sunfish -image, image, image- including one breaching one. There were lots of grey seals hauled out in their usual places -image, image, image- We had spectacular views of blue jellyfish, moon jellyfish, compass jellyfish and comb jellys with their bioluminescent disco show! We also saw a good variety of seabirds including -puffin, fulmar-
25th June   Today we saw 4 bottlenose dolphins -image, image, image- 6 grey seals -image, image, image- lots of jellyfish including moon jellyfish, blue jellyfish, compass jellyfish and comb jellyfish. We also saw a variety of seabirds -puffin, diving gannet-
24th June   It was great to get back out on the water today after the weekend's storms. We had class based Ocean Classroom sessions all day and then an evening boat trip. We had fantastic views of a 6 metre basking shark -image, image, image, image- We also saw a grey seal who popped up to watch us watching the shark. There was once again a constant stream of Manx shearwaters passing by today along with a variety of other seabirds -gannet, gannet on water, guillemots-
21st June   We saw a large ocean sunfish today. It was basking at the surface and very easy to watch it even spyhopped for a bit -image, image, image- we saw grey seals in the water -image- and a variety of seabirds -gannet, juvenile kittiwake, guillemot-
20th June   It was a bit damp out there today so we didn't get many photos. We saw harbour porpoises, a grey seal and a variety of seabirds including puffins -kittwake, Manx shearwater, razorbills-
19th June   What a fantastic day of wildlife watching! We had a spectacuar feeding event with a large pod of common dolphins feeding under a cloud of diving gannets -image, image, image, image, image, video- we saw basking sharks -image, image, image, video- grey seals both in the water and on the rocks -image, image- there were good variety of seabirds around too -gannets, kittiwake- On top of all that we had a flyby from some Canada Geese.
18th June   The sea was perfectly calm today and in these mirror like conditions we found lots of harbour porpoises includeing several mothers and new calves we saw 12 in total in 7 different place -image, image, image, image, image, image-. We found grey seals hauked out and in the water -image, image- and saw a variety of seabirds once again there were large numbers of Manx shearwaters (they were passing us in almost a constant stream for 3 hours) -storm petrel, juvenile puffins, fulmars, kittiwakes, gannets, guillemots- There were also a number of blue and compass jellyfish around.
17th June   It was great to get back out on the water today after such a long period of rough weather (I'm not sure we've ever had a gap as long as we just did between trips in June. The weather really has been tricky recently). We had fantastic harbour porpoise viewing today -image, image- we also saw a variety of seabirds including 1000's of Manx shearwtaers both travelling and foraging -juvenile gannet, razorbill, shags and cormorants- A rather grand yacht heading around Land's End.
9th June   Today we saw a large basking shark (8m) feeding -video, image, image, image, image- a harbour porpoise -image- grey seals -image, image- and a variety of seabirds including a fantastically close flyby from a razorbill we thought it was going to land on the boat! -gannets, guillemots, Manx shearwaters-
8th June   It was much calmer today and we had some fantastic views of harboue propoises including another very young calf -image, image- when the calves are young they often wait at the surface while there mother forages below. This little calf -image- was doing just that when it decided to come quite close to investigate us until it's mother popped up and lead it away. We also saw a variety of seabirds including -gannets, fulmars, kittiwakes and shags-
7th June   We've had some choppy seas lately despite the lovely sunshine. We had to cancel out morning tour this morning but did manage to take two groups from Exeter University out in the afternoon. We took half on the catamaran and half on Celtic Fox. The catamaran group had some fantatsic views of harbour pospoises one mother and calf surfaced a number of times close by -image by Fiona-, we also saw grey seals -image by Fiona- a variety of seabirds -gannet, kittiwake, razorbills- and blue jellyfish. Here is a photo of the sailing catamaran taken from Celtic Fox.
5th June   The weather wasn't so great this morning but it improved through the day. We saw a basking shark in the morning and got some great views as it swam alongside us -image, image-. In the afternoon we found a small pod of common dolphins. They were a samll band of raggedy looking commons but they did have some young juveniles with them -image, image, image- We also saw grey seals -image, image- and a variety of seabirds -Manx shearwaters, gannet-. We travelled a long way today as we ran a longer Discovery Voyage this morning; Carn Base is an area of shallows a couple of miles west of Land's End.
4th June   Once again the sun was shining today but we had a choppy sea to contend with because of the south easterly wind. We had fantastic views of harbour porpoises; a mother and calf surfed right past us -image, image, image- We also saw a glimpse of a grey seal and a variety of seabirds -fulmars, kittiwake, shags-. A few on board had a brief glimpse of what may well have been a basking shark fin but it was only at the surface for a very short time.
2nd June   Light winds and blue skies today. We saw more harbour porpoises including another mother and young calf -image, image- we also saw another ocean sunfish and grey seals both in and out of the water -image, image, image- There were a variety of seabirds around aswell -Manx shearwaters, guillemot, fulmar-
1st June   Another sunny day today it was very windy which was great for sailing. We saw harbour porpoises including a mother and tiny calf -image, image-. We saw our first ocean sunfish of the year -image- a grey seal -image- and a variety of seabirds -gannets, razorbills, shags, oystercatcher-
May 2013
31st May   We had a great day out on the water today -image-. We had brilliant views of a harbour porpoise -image, image- saw grey seals hauled out on the rocks -image, image, image- . Our first jellyfish of the year appeared in the form of indigo coloured blue jellyfish -image-. There were also a variety of seabirds around -guillemots, fulmar, Manx, shearwater, puffin,
30th May   The sun was shining today but the wind was blowing which made the sea very rough offshore -image-. We saw grey seals in the water and on the rocks -image, image, image- and a variety of seabirds -gannet (Hannah is particulalry proud of this picture), fulmars, shag-
28th May   Yet another fantastic day today. It was a bit breezier today and really quite rough in the tidal races around Lands End (we kept at a safe distance!) -image-. We saw three pods of common dolphins this morning one very close to Penzance and two others much further offshore feeding under gannets -image, image, image, image, image, image-. In the afternoon we found harbour porpoises feeding in two different places including a mother and a young calf -image-. We saw grey seals on both trips -image, image, image- and a variety of seabirds -gannet-
26th May   It was another glorious day today -image, image-. We saw our first basking shark of the year today. No pictures as it was only at the surface for a while which makes me think there are a few down there but the plankton they are feeding on is layered lower in the water column. We also saw lots of grey seals in the water and on the rocks -image, image, image, image-. There were a variety of seabirds around as well -gannet, guillemots, razorbills, Manx shearwaters-.
25th May   What a fantastic day. Glorious sunshine and dolphins on both trips. Risso's dolphins in the morning (6 in total) -image, image, image, image- and common dolphins (a pod of 30+) in the afternoon -image, image, image, image, image, image, video-We aslo saw grey seals -image, image- and a variety of seabirds -gannets, feeding gannets, razorbill, guillemots, Manx shearwater-. A whimbrel flew past us whilst we were out at sea and we saw some common scooter in the bay too! We also saw lots of groups of gulls eating cuttlefish. Here's a google plus slideshow for those who like ot view our images as a slideshow
22nd May   It was a very breezey day today but we still managed to find two groups of harbour porpoises, at first two and then a pod of more than five (our largest porpoise pod so far this year) -image, image, image, image-. We also saw a variety of seabirds including hundreds of shearwaters streaming past us -gannet, guillemots, Manx shearwaters- and turnstones (and an oystercatcher and some shags) .
19th May   Another lovely day of north westerly winds and good sightings. We saw four harbour porpoises in two groups of two -image-, five grey seals (three loungiing on the rocks and two in the water) -image, image- we also saw a variety of seabirds -fulmar, gannet- and swallows and whimbrel.
18th May   What a lovely day -image- calm seas and a nice northerly wind to push us along . We saw three harbour porpoises in three different places today -image- There were two grey seals hauled out in the usual place -image, image- we also saw a variety of seabirds -gannet, guillemot, razorbill, fulmar, sandwich tern-. Halfway through the trip we witnessed a dog fight between two peregrine falcons -image- and a rock dove. The rock dove escaped the peregrine's dive bomb and flew over to our boat. We thought it might land on the boat for shelter but at the last minute it panicked and crashed into the side. It then sat on the water. Meanwhile the peregrines were being mobbed by herring guls. The rock dove saw its escape window and took off heading for the coast!
17th May   We managed to avoid the downpours forecast today and stay in the sunshine -image-. We saw grey seals -image, image- and a variety of seabirds -fulmar, gannet, guillemot-
15th May  

The sea calmed down after yesterday's tempest and we headed out for an afternoon trip. We saw a harbour porpoise -image-, grey seal -image, image- seals and seabirds -storm petrel, gannet, gannet_1, guillemots, Manx shearwater-

6th May   We had two trips today in the glorious sunshine. Things were quite quiet out there but we did have a report from a friend of something. From the description it could have been an orca but unfortunately we didn't find it to confirm. The presence of orcas in the area could have accounted for the quietness as everything else could have been hiding! We saw a godd variety of seabirds including -fulmars, gannets, guillemots and razorbills, kittiwakes, Manx shearwtaers and sandwich terns-
5th May   We had lovely bank holiday weather today. We saw a harbour porpoise, grey seals in the water and on the rocks -image, image- and a variety of seabirds including sandwich terns, guillemots, fulmars, puffins, gannets, Manx shearwaters, whimbrel and many others. Click here for a slideshow
4th May   It was choppy out there today so we were only able to run a shorter trip. We saw a grey seal basking on the rocks and a variety of seabirds. Have a look at the photo album to see the pictures
3rd May  

Todays images as a slideshow

We headed out in glorious sunshine today. Before we even got out the harbour we saw a female eider duck. It was high tide throughout the trip so we headed a long way offshore. 10 miles out we saw a large group of arctic terns with their unmistakeable long forked tails. We saw a variety of other seabirds including gannets, Manx shearwaters, guillemots, razorbills, a variety of gulls, shags, cormorrants, whimbreland oystercatchers. I'm trying a new format for picutres so they can be viewed as a slideshow click here

April 2013
30th April   Once again we had sunny skies and northerly winds so we sailed out to the far west today. We found lots of grey seals in a number of locations -image, image, image, image, image, image- We saw peregrine falcons (probably a breeding pair) circling high above us) huge numbers of Manx shearwaters and large numbers of razorbills and guillemots. There were also good numbers of gannets and all the other usual suspects -fulmar, shag, oystercatcher-
26th April   We had a lovely trip today. It was fairly windy and bumpy offshore and calm and sunny by the coast -image-. We saw 2 harbour porpoises, several grey seals -image, image, image- at the haul out and a good variety of seabirds -gannet, guillemot, whimbrel-
20th April   Fantatstic weather again today. We saw a grey seal -image- and a varirety of sebirds including an arctic skua -fulmar, gannet, guillemot- Looking at seals -image- by Mike Ellis.
19th April   The sun was shinning today and we headed out in to a lovely blue sea for a change! We saw grey seals -image, image, image- and a variety of seabirds -gannet, oystercatcher, razorbill, shags-.
12th April   There was a very large and exciting rolling swell out there today -image, image-. We saw a grey seal -image- and a variety of seabirds -gannets, fulmar, manx shearwater, guillemots, shags-. The plankton fronts are really starting to build up so I imagine the southerly gales over the next couple of days may well bring in the first basking sharks.
9th April   We could only run a short trip in sheltered water today as the sea was rough. we saw grey seals in the water -image- and a variety of seabirds -sandwich terns, gannets, fulmars, guillemots, cormorants-
6th April   It was a perfect sunny day today and I got a call as I was getting the boat ready at 7am to tell me about 100's of common dolphins 6 miles to the south. Our first trip was at 11am and by the time we headed out they'd moved on. Despite missing them it's a really positive sign that we are moving in to the spring and more regular cetacean encounters. Today we saw grey seals bobbing around in the water and one feeding along way offshore -image, image- We also saw a variety of seabirds including puffins, 100's of manx shearwaters, gannets, guillemots, razorbills sandwich terns, shags, fulmars, oystercatchers and great northern divers
March 2013
30th March   We headed out for a short trip this evening as we had to wait for the sea to calm down (it was very stormy yesterday). We had sunshine and light winds which made for a lovely evening sail. This was made even better by a spectacular encounter with eleven bottlenose dolphins. They were very interested with us and bow rode along with the boat giving us great views -image, image, image, image, image, image, image, video clip- We also saw a variety of seabirds -gannet, fulmar, oystercatchers-
28th March   We had a sunny, chilly trip today but we all wrapped up warm so the cold wasn't a problem. We saw lots of grey seals hauled out and resting -image, image, image, image, image, image, image-We had a spectacular show from feeding gannets -image, image- , Manx shearwaters -image, image-, kittiwakes -image- and auks -image, image- further offshore. There were even a couple of great skuas -image- around harrying the gannets.
27th March   We had a bracing sail today and even a snow flurry out at sea! Everyone was dressed warmly so the cold didn't dampen the spirits. We saw grey seals both on the rocks resting and a juvenile feeding at sea, mobbed by gulls -image, image, image, image-. We also saw a variety of seabirds including razorbills, guillemots, diving gannets , fulmars and sandwich terns as well as the usual suspects.
19th March   We had another great trip today. We saw grey seals hauled out on the rocks -image, image-. Offshore we found hundreds of Manx shearwaters, gannets, kittiwakes, guillemots and razorbills feeding and loafing in large groups -image, image, image, image-. It was a special sight straight out of a nature programme. Closer inshore we listened to the excitable cheeping of oystercatchers -image-
17th March   We had a lovely sail to start off the new season today. The sun was shining and the steady breeze got us moving nicely. We had good views of a harbour porpoise (nice to start off the year with my favourite cetacean!) and saw grey seals hauled out on the rocks -image, image-. We also saw a variety of seabirds -gannet, fulmar- includiing a puffin -image-

   
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