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!

Wow! Cetaceans galore.(Whales and Dolphins)

Breaching Orca whale

Breaching Orca - image source : http://www.natuurinformatie.nl/ndb.wnf/natuurdatabase.nl

We’ve just had a visit from one of our local leading naturalist friends who came to report her sighting of a male Orca (killer whale) breaching off the South Coast this morning at about 9.30am. As one of Penwith’s most committed and experienced marine watchers she immediately knew what she had seen.

Despite the glare from the morning sun; the size, shape, colouration and almost vertical dorsal fin made the whale quite distinct, despite it only being a fleeting view. Frustratingly, although she scanned for quite some time afterwards she didn’t see any signs of it above the surface after the breach. If anyone else out, there saw an Orca this morning – we’d love to hear about it.

Orca (Orcinus orca)

Interesting fact. An Orca, commonly known as a Killer Whale or Orca Whale is in fact a is a toothed whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family. Killer whales are found in all oceans, from the frigid Arctic and Antarctic regions to tropical seas.