What a day out?

Yesterday, our day out started with an Atlantic Grey Seal, continued with an Ocean Sunfish, exploded with a hundred or more Common Dolphins, leaping and bow riding around the boat, and climaxed with three of the second largest fish in the world, the mighty Basking Shark!

The best thing was seeing the dolphin formations at such close quarters for such a sustained amount of time. They were obviously feeding but seemed to take special time out to come and bow ride with us for periods. Young dolphins appeared to swim together as a creche group with adult out-riders swimming alongside on the mega pod’s outer fringes. The energy was electric with dozens of gannets swirling and plummeting all  around.

What a day’s wildlife sighting, and all on a trip we thought would never happen, as the wind was getting up. Cornwall throws up her bounty once again!

A big thank you too, to all our customers who’ve taken the time to give us a review on Trip Advisor or likes and comments on Facebook.  Been getting some great feedback which all helps to make sure we’re here for you if you’re looking for another wild sea adventure next season!

The beat goes on….

So July heads out as it came in, variable, but mostly good weather, especially if compared to the previous two months. It kick-started the plankton, and set the pulse of the ocean racing again, setting off a plethora of fabulous wildlife sightings, which included Minke whales, Leatherback turtles, and a whole range of Jellyfish for them to feed on. Our resident Bottlenose dolphins where seen on a number of occasions, along with hundreds of Common dolphins, and their smaller cousins, the Harbour porpoise. Basking sharks made a good showing, albeit somewhat later than in other years, with almost daily sightings in the West Cornwall area. Ocean Sunfish numbers seemed to be up during the month, we recorded at least one and sometimes two on most trips!.

So dry review over……sounds bit like a shipping forecast doesn’t it …what else did we do? We’ve been so busy doing, it’s hard to keep up with the digital. Firstly we’re going to have to mention our great snorkelling encounters including one with Cat from the SharkTrust who came out to test and fine tune the Basking Shark Code of Conduct first hand. She managed to record a great little underwater film on the day. We haven’t managed to master the upload technology yet but watch this space…
meantime…here’re some happy customers from the same trip.

 

So boom boom, the beat goes on….how are things looking for August?..Well the weather forecast for the next few days does not bode well for the start of the month, but hey, there’s still plenty of time for improvement!
Fingers crossed for more great days out in Cornwall, and more, much more fantastic marine and land wildlife discovery.

Foodchain Frenzy

Here they come….wow, that was a bit quick…….ahh..beauty,.. Got it !!
Common Dolphins,  faster than the speed of my trigger challenged digital delay.

Fantastic sightings lately.

On a Shark Watch & Snorkeling Special  on Sunday it seemed the whole ecosystem kicked into action just for us, when the sun came out for a while, between heavy dark rain cloud and mist. Started with sighting large areas of plankton bloom on the surface of the waters around Lands End. This was followed by lots of larger species of jelly fish, followed closely with our first Basking Shark sighting, out of four on the day.  The animals appeared in relaxed mood and we were able to watch them for quite some time. On our return we were suddenly bowled over by what could have been a  feeding frenzy of enthusiastic proportions. Firstly 2 small pods of porpoise, then two separate pods of Common Dolphins, spread two miles apart. Up to twenty in each, jumping and spinning and bow riding the boat, with Gulls and Gannets wheeling overhead, to the beat of the ocean herders. And with an Ocean Sunfish too. We got it all!
The looks on our passengers faces as we cruised into port? Total bliss and wonder!

 

Sea Watch Foundation Whale report goes public. Radio Cornwall.

Image source: http:// www.rightwhale.ca

For an update on our previous posts about the recent Whale sighting “We’ve had a whale of a time in Cornwall over Easter”  April 17th, and the importance of reporting any wildlife sightings. “Are you Reporting your Wildlife Sightings?”, May 20th: why not tune into the Lawrence Reed’s show on BBC Radio Cornwall (today 23rd May) by clicking the link below:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/p00s00vw

 

“Baskers” large and small

Enjoying some great, albeit changeable, weather here in West Cornwall: Overcast yesterday but absolutely sparkling today and generally warming up. The sea looks amazing! On the wildlife front we got some great news too! Just after hearing of another multiple sighting in the Newquay area, We spotted three Basking Sharks, ourselves, yesterday, from the cliffs on the North West coast when we were doing an overland walk for Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Fox Club. Kids and adults all very excited!  Although, there have been a few, isolated individuals, spotted over the last month or so, It’s encouraging to see them appearing now in more significant numbers. We were lucky have plenty of other wildlife sightings on our walk too, including a smaller but equally exciting and beautiful Cornish ‘basker’ -  several Common Lizards, we spotted warming themselves on paths and hedges.