Today’s trip, after the recent rather chilly run of weather, I’m delighted to say was a lot milder offshore. You still needed to wrap up warm! Little Seal Pup No3 is happily doing well and definitely becoming plumper. Still very much a Zzzzzzzzzing pup, however, sleep is so important at this stage in its young life, helping it convert Mums rich fatty milk. However, as I mentioned previously, I am keeping two eyes on the up-coming weather next week, as a deep, low pressure system is building in the Atlantic, due to hit us by midweek with strong South Westerly winds, which unfortunately will see the area where this little pup is taking a bit of a battering. On a positive note.. we are coming off some big spring tides so hopefully some of its tiny little beach will remain as dry land, allowing pup to ride out the storm as they are so vulnerable at this early stage. It’s a tough life being a little Seal Pup. Ahhhhhh.. Leaving this dear little pup as we found it today . Happily still sleeping peacefully away, completely unaware of our doting silent attention, we left the inshore zone and headed offshore.
To everyone’s absolute delight, it wasn’t long before I was calling over the PA.. Dolphins.. Common Dolphins at your 2-O-Clock! Over the next thirty minutes we became surrounded by several small social maternal groups. Joyfully, several of the females had calves in attendance. One mother in particular had a tiny little 14 inch baby. I always ponder on these observations, regarding these tiny wee dolphin babies.. Where were they born? How old are they? As they are so small it’s obvious they are new born, foetal folds still clearly visible. I always think, being so tiny, that they can’t have traveled far since their birth and that potentially they were indeed born locally.. which really makes our Cornish waters a highly significant area for Common Dolphins, which we can happily observe on any single trip throughout the year, with there most definitely being an increase in sightings over the late Autumn, Winter and New Year months, adding so much excitement to an already very exciting time of year.
Leaving these multiple maternal groups of Common Dolphins behind, those tiny and endearing little Harbour Porpoise were the next to come in to view. Happily again, this first group consisted of a mother with her tiny little 10 inch calf, giving us all some truly special views. They all passed, several times very close to us all, allowing cameras to click, click away and lots of Ooooo’s and Ahhhhhhs as this tiny baby was so clearly seen. Brilliant… And if this wasn’t exciting enough, we also went on to observe and record what I believe is the only Common Seal “ Resident “ here in our beloved Kernow! Happily, we have recorded and observed this beautiful marked Common Seal on and off over the last five years, every year, two maybe just three times a year, sometimes deep with the wildlife rich and diverse Fal Estuary complex.. Or happily like my two recent joyful encounters and recordings, away from the Estuary and sighted along the coast.
COMMON SEAL, 9 Atlantic Grey Seals, 4 hauled out, Seal Pup No3, 20 Common Dolphins, multiple small maternal groups, including a tiny little 14 inch calf, Harbour Porpoise, two different groups within the Manacles Reef MCZ, one of the groups being a maternal group with a mother and her tiny little 10 inch calf, 2 Peregrine Falcons, Ravens, Great Northern Diver, 5 Common Scoters, Gannets, Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes, Mediterranean Gulls, Little Grebes, Herons, Egrets, Curlews, Redshanks, Rock Pipits