September with the warmth of August

Well we are finally into September, but things are still warm and interesting!

We have had an amazing season of sightings – jellyfish, basking sharks, and 100′s of common dolphins. The large numbers usually slow down in September, but there is still plenty to see – and with the temperatures still good and the warm Gulf Stream coming up from Florida – we are looking forward to spotting a wide variety of sea life and birds.

We will be running our usual trips over the Autumn, or alternatively give Rory a call on 07971 540 280 and discuss what you’re looking for – and he’ll see what’s possible. Elemental Tours are still working closely with their partners at the Shark Trust and Cornwall Wildlife Trust to monitor sightings, behaviours and take part in rescues.

If you want to learn more about whales, dolphins, seals, sharks and ocean sunfish – why not join the Wildlife Trust for their Seaquest public sea watch at Hella Point near Porthgwarra on the 4th September. Don’t forget to take binoculars – both the wildlife and the view are amazing!

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.

Dolphin friendly? – Food for thought!

Recent discoveries on our Cornish coast highlight the debate again on the value we and others place on our marine wildlife.

In my role as a Marine Strandings Volunteer for Cornwall Wildlife Trust I was called out recently to attend and record a dolphin carcass washed up on Mousehole Beach. The animal’s tail had been removed and a large part of its back quarters was missing. It was immediately evident to me that this was unlikely to be a ‘natural’ injury. The clean, straight cuts had been made with something very sharp and I immediately thought ( being a bit of a chef myself !) by someone who knew what they were doing in terms of “filleting” fish. When I phoned in my findings to CWT Strandings HQ I was dismayed to hear that there had been several others found, around the same time, with similar mutilations. ( For more on this story see the Western Morning News or the Telegraph. ) “Filleting” and eating the meat from by-catch Dolphins, is, an accepted practice amongst some  fishermen. So how does this reflect our attitudes at home and what impact might the practice have on local and global conservation efforts? Is this a similar debate to the one about wearing old fur? One argument being it’s dead anyway so we might as well use it? The other side being, if you wear it you’re advertising it and encouraging its negative commercial value . And, importantly what does the “discovery of filleted dolphins” issue say, by implication, about the level of concern, both here and abroad about, non-sustainable fishing practices and the by-catch threat to protected marine mammals? Let us know what you think?

Rory

We’ve had a ‘Whale’ of a time here in Cornwall over Easter.

Exciting news!

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A friend in the area has reported seeing a whale on Easter Sunday, cruising just off the cornish south coast

The animal, spotted first by a group of young lads fishing, who then alerted other onlookers, was cruising

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

fairly close to shore, about 50 feet from the cliffs , close enough to see what looked like callosites covering its head and that it didn’t apear to have a dorsal fin. When the animal sounded (dived)  those watching could see quite distinctly its forked tail, like the flights of an arrow. All these descriptions strongly suggest it may have been  a North Atlantic Right Whale, a very rare creature indeed! The rarest large whale in the world and unfortunately still critically endangered.

Our friend has been in touch with the SeaWatch Foundation who have asked him to liaise with the boys’ school to help them positively identify their sighting. Well done boys!! …and as we always say you just never know what will turn up in the waters around Cornwall. So get out there and keep your eyes peeled!

http://www.rightwhale.ca/

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