Well helloooo me hearties. Another week of outstanding and absolutely phenomenal sightings. Of note, and in the most dreeeeeek of conditions as our dear Carol Kirkwood from the BBC would say.. misty, murky, damp, drizzly, downright WET at times, foggy and cluggy. Phew.. plus a SW swell with a SSE breeze, creating a confused sea and lump, so making it tough up on the fly bridge. Amazingly the wildlife was truly outstanding and phenomenal with the wonderful MARINELife volunteers and myself observing and recording some 23 different species which included the big THREE fabulous SHEARWATERS. GREAT, SOOTY and BALEARIC, all sighted in double digit numbers, along with several thousand of their smaller cousins the Manx Shearwaters as we located multiple gatherings and rafts of these top Pelagic Seabirds. Amazingly we found one tiny gathering of just four birds rafted up which incredibly was made up of a single Great, a single Sooty, a single Balearic and a single Manx. WOW WOW WOW. You couldn’t stage that one if you tried.
Now if that wasn’t exciting enough, especially when you consider those incredibly dreeeeek and poor wet, foggy conditions, we also recorded some outstanding megafauna with our incredibly rare COMMON SEAL (my SIXTH YEAR of observing this lone and shy animal), as far as I’m aware the only resident Common Seal in Cornwall, multiple sightings and pods of both Common Dolphins and their dear cousins the tiny Harbour Porpoise, including a mother calf group ahhhh, followed by some truly impressive LARGE GIANT BLUEFIN TUNA, completely clearing the water in huge EXPLOSIVE SHOWERS OF SPRAY AND ERUPTIONS.. WOW WOW WOW. And to cap that off, I’m now happily on my FORTIETH yes 40th MINKE WHALE recorded for 2018 making these last three weeks of wildlife here in the rich and sheltered waters of fabulous Falmouth Bay something to really cherish and preserve. The sightings clearly show such a phenomenal diversity of outstanding wildlife, as good as anywhere in the world.
These next few months will only see more of the above, so if you are considering joining one of my dedicated fun filled and exciting wildlife adventure cruises, there really is no better time than now. If you would like to find out more information please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org. Must dash away now everyone. With excitement rushing through my veins.. Hi Ho Hi Ho it’s back offshore I go.
COMMON SEAL, GIANT BLUEFIN TUNA.. BIG FISH, feeding frenzies, multiples everywhere throughout the week, 2 MINKE WHALES, bringing this year’s tally to now 40.. wow, +- 550 Common Dolphins, multiples maternal pods with tiny 10inch calves and feeding frenzies, 15 Bottlenose Dolphins with juveniles, 3 Risso’s Dolphins, +- 35 Harbour Porpoise, multiples including mother calf pods and feeding frenzies, biggest hunting group, Atlantic Grey Seals, 3 OCEANIC SUNFISH, +- 27 GREAT SHEARWATERS, +- 39 SOOTY SHEARWATERS, +- 32 BALEARIC SHEARWATERS, thousands Manx Shearwaters, some flock sizes +- 760 to 900 individuals, 9 STORM PETRELS, 2 PUFFINS, Gannets, lots offshore continually passing through, feeding frenzies, 7 Guillemots, +- 28 BONXIE GREAT SKUAS, +- 24 Sandwich Terns, adults and juveniles, +- 15 Common Terns, adults and juveniles, +- 19 Arctic Terns, adults and juveniles, 48 Fulmars, 28 Kittiwakes, 36 Mediterranean Gulls, 9 Peregrine Falcons, 7 Buzzards, 4 Kestrels, 2 OSPREYS, 4 Ravens, 15 Oystercatchers, 7 Whimbrels, 23 Curlews, 5 Redshanks, 7 Egrets, 9 Herons, Rock Pipits, Combe Jellyfish, Compass Jellyfish