OH what an incredible day as we covered some 38 and a half miles as a round trip, covering both the stunning inshore coastal zone before heading offshore in a big wide loop, taking in the Lizard Peninsula and then all the way back around to the Roseland Peninsula, in our quest to always find the best and most exciting wildlife possible!! Talking of excitement and a true first for me, if we are lucky and incredibly privileged enough, every year we will have the immense pleasure of watching several Seals hunting and then capturing a fish, always a truly remarkable event to witness and observe…well prepare to be amazed!! As we slowly worked the inshore zone, I happily spied an Atlantic Grey Seal hunting several hundred metres in front of me, so informing everyone as to my observations, we slowed Free Spirit down and came to a complete stop, as the next time this small female Grey Seal surfaced, low and behold, she did have a fish in her mouth!! But not just any old fish, but a huge, some five foot long CONGER EEL, WOW!!! Much to all of our intrigue and amazement, as this huge eel, was about a foot longer than she was, I can tell you that quite a tussle ensued, giving us all some remarkable and incredibly privileged views! Something I have never witnessed before! I’m delighted to say, this tiny female won her prize and enjoyed her incredibly large feast! Never ever two trips are the same, if it’s out there, I will find it for you, as our motto goes, with a huge beaming smile, “Expect the Unexpected!”
Lots of Manx Shearwaters offshore, continually passing through, 3 Storm Petrels, Guillemots, Razorbills, Gannets, Peregrine Falcons giving us all fabulous aerial displays, as both adults and their two recent fledged chicks were enjoying their new found wings, in the blue skies above us, 3 Atlantic Grey Seals, including the remarkable observation of one small female, capturing a large “five” foot Conger Eel, + – some one hundred Swifts, family groups, all displaying, vocalising and rushing about over the Falmouth roof tops, heralding their imminent departure, as it won’t be long now, before they all head South once again and disappear from our Falmouth skies.