Three species of Cetaceans brought excitement and happiness to all on board with me today! A lone Bottlenose Dolphin was the first to greet us, just as we left the harbour entered in to the Carrick Roads. Photographs and fin ID shots were taken as invariably these dear individuals, a lone Bottlenose Dolphin can be easily recognised. I know there was a lone Bottlenose seen in Portsmouth Harbour during the summer which was named Nelson, so possibly it is him. Next to greet us, as we headed west, was a large hunting, feeding and playful group of Common Dolphins offshore who all rushed over to play with us and say hello before finally, as we were returning in our big loop back to Falmouth, those shy and endearing little Harbour Porpoise completed today’s Cetacean roundup!
Joyfully we also observed briefly, the Little Seal Pup, who today was happily sleeping with its mum, happily getting nicely plump on mum’s, fat-rich milk. Photographs taken, we quickly moved on, leaving them still happily slumbering away, just as we had found them. Ahhhhhh so cute. Then to add to everyone’s absolute joy.. who should be there to meet and greet us again after our busy and exciting 4 hours offshore.. but that lone, friendly and dear Bottlenose Dolphin! ..who once again, as soon as it heard us, just rushed over to say hello and then play on Free Spirit’s bow pressure way, adding even more thrills and excitement, to what was another truly magical and exciting wildlife cruise today.
Bottlenose Dolphin, lone individual, 28 Common Dolphins, 4 Harbour Porpoise, Giant Bluefin Tuna, pporadic views as they fed, bursting out of the water in a series of white water and spray, Baby Seal Pup, 3 Atlantic Grey Seals, BLACK SWAN, flying, Great Northern Diver, summer plumage, 2 BONXIE Great Skuas, 2 Peregrine Falcons, 2 Buzzards, 3 Kestrels, Gannets, Curlew, Egrets, Herons, Razorbills and Guillemots, lots offshore, Kittiwakes, Mediterranean Gulls, lots Oystercatchers, Portuguese Man of Wars