Hello me hearties. Well it’s been another truly phenomenal week of wildlife sightings with some truly special and very magical interactions. Minke Whales happily continue to still come in to feed within the rich and sheltered waters of Falmouth Bay. The next couple of months September in to October can be some of the very best months for these dear inquisitive small whales, this last week bringing three different individuals to our growing tally which now stands at a high, 33 Minke Whales for 2018. I’m delighted to also inform you all that we were once again privileged to interact with several groups of big, bold and beautiful Bottlenose Dolphins, with three different sightings throughout the week including two maternal pods with tiny new born babies. Ahhhh baby Bottlenose Dolphins, just joyful to behold. Common Dolphins and Harbour Porpoise delightfully have been thrilling everyone, especially with so many families and their dear children joining my dedicated wildlife cruises at this fabulous time of year.
Several sightings of those exciting Giant Bluefin Tuna have also put in an appearance during this past week… always unpredictable and you just have to keep scanning over the seas surface as you never know when they are going to erupt in there explosive dramatic feeding frenzies. One minute nothing, the next minute the surface can quite literally erupt in explosive spray as they blast through the surface in their relentless pursuit of their prey.. so exciting to observe and always incredibly dramatic. The next few months will see more and more of these beautiful big fish feeding throughout the rich and sheltered waters of Falmouth.
For the Birders, Pelagics have been building with big movements of Manx Shearwaters and the critically endangered Balearic Shearwaters also being recorded. Storm Petrel numbers have shot through the roof with 45 individuals recorded just in one 4 hour cruise. Terns, mainly Sandwich but also Arctic and Commons, are now coming back through on their passage migrations, bringing excitement every time we record and view them.
3 Minke Whales, 97 Bottlenose Dolphins, three separate groups including two maternal groups, pod sizes +- 23; +- 27 and +- 47, +- 109 Common Dolphins, multiple interactions, +- 53 Harbour Porpoise, multiple sightings, biggest group 10, Giant Bluefin Tuna, several sightings, 19 Atlantic Grey Seals, daily sightings, +- 79 STORM PETRELS, multiple sightings, 8 BALEARIC Shearwaters, 1000s Manx Shearwaters throughout the week, 5 BONXIE Great Skuas, Gannets, lots feeding and passing through, Fulmars, lots passing through, Kittiwakes, offshore, 9 Sandwich Terns, 5 Common Terns, 7 Arctic Terns, 7 Peregrine Falcons, 4 Kestrels, 9 Buzzards, 6 Ravens, Oystercatchers, Whimbrels, Curlews, 5 Common Sandpipers, Mediterranean Gulls, lots, Egrets, Herons, Rock Pipits, Swallows, coming through on migration south