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!

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.

Are you reporting your wildlife sightings?

Do you live locally or are you going to be on holiday here any time soon? Do remember we’re interested in hearing about any of your wildlife encounters here at ET.  Rory helps collate Cornwall’s wildlife sightings public records, and if what you see is significant you can be sure he’ll pass it on to the relevant organisation with your name tag on it.

Because of its unique position on the southern edge of Europe and the Atlantic Ocean, all kinds of rare and unusual animals, and lets not forget, flotsam and jetsam, can turn up here, in Cornwall. As a local expert with a keen eye on wildlife changes and a wide connection to many of the relevant wildlife organisations and research projects, Rory is often asked by the media for his opinions on unusual phenomena and how it might relate to climate change issues.

As Rory says “Anything’s possible here”. It’s important to have a sense of discovery, a notion, that things that you see, and don’t recognise, aren’t necesarily not known only to you. They might be ‘not known’ to anyone! They might be a new or rare species and we want to hear about it. In 2007, for example, Rory, noticing something unusual in the water off his boat, knew intinctively that he should try to record what he saw and ask more questions. His find was identified later by a foremost syphonophore expert from the British Museum, as a “string-jelly”  Apollimia Uvaria.  A first ever record for these waters. Around that time too, on a guided Strandline Safari, Rory, who’d been alerted to the possibility by one of Cornwall’s top Marine Biologists Stella Turk, due to the conducive currents at the time, was keeping his eye out for a rare crab species. He was rewarded by discovering a trio of Columbus Crabs ( marine experts in the UK had been looking out for them without luck for 20 years) clinging to a polystyrene fishing float, amongst a colony of goose barnacles. The crabs were a tiny but rare rare find, so remember nothing is too small or insignificant to explore further. By collecting these records, and centralising them on one database, scientists are able to create better pictures of what is happening in our ever changing environment. So remember take a picture with your phone or camera if you have one, or take some notes, and give your local Wildlife Trust a call!