Phew… hellooooo everyone. Busy, busy, busy you are so kindly keeping me. A thought crossed my mind, I need a bigger boat heheee to get you all out on my dedicated wildlife cruises. Well, I have to say on two knees, what a truly fabulous summer we are all having as it’s been so still and settled, really allowing me to wander wherever I wish to roam, covering a vast amount of area, which is something I just dearly adore doing. My wildlife sightings continually amaze and absolutely excite me. Even though you might think I have seen it all before, Minke Whales continue to be located and recorded, giving us now number 30 for 2018, a lovely high number for the time of year as the next few months can really see them coming in to feed throughout the rich and sheltered waters of Falmouth Bay.
To the amazement and joy of everyone on board with me on Tuesday’s second, late afternoon early evening cruise, the sun positively glowing off their shimmering backs, a vast shoal of rapidly fleeing joey Mackerel turned into a stunning beautiful golden glowing orb just inches below the seas surface as they were all desperately trying to escape the fast moving hunting pack of Common Dolphins who were literally on their tails in hot pursuit, with Gannets and wheeling Gulls squawking and diving in to them from overhead. Those poor dear joey Mackerel were being absolutely hammered in this frenetic fast paced continually moving feeding frenzy.. WOW WOW WOW. If that wasn’t exciting enough to behold and observe, several Giant Bluefin Tuna were packing in with this mob of hunting Common Dolphins when out of nowhere, completely by surprise.. up blasted a lunge feeding Minke Whale.. bringing squeals of excitement and utter amazement to all on board.
So that was one of the amazing wildlife moments we shared, to then be joined by a very large maternal moving pod of big, bold and beautiful Bottlenose Dolphins numbering some 45 individuals, including 4 tiny little 12 inch calves. What was incredible about this interaction and documentation is the sheer number of BNDs and right inshore too, as the INSHORE BNDs are well documented and normally only recorded in small groups from 2 to 18 as the biggest group as far as I am aware. However, I have often been privileged to observe and record the OFFSHORE BNDs in these much bigger groups, between +- 50 and, as of earlier this year, +- 85 individuals. However, in all my years, I have never documented such a large number of BNDs so tight to the shore, just a 1/4 of a mile off and those dear tiny little new born calves, again bringing lots of ooooohs and ahhhhhs of amazement and wonderment to all on board.
These next few months can be some of the very, very best as the weather is still warm and gentle, so if you are considering joining me on any of my daily available, dedicated wildlife cruises, there is no better time than now. However, with this being everyone’s busiest time of year, please do try to book up well in advance to avoid any disappointment.
2 Minke Whales, total now 30 individuals for 2018, +- 286 Common Dolphins, multiple sightings and feeding frenzies, +- 45 Bottlenose Dolphins, large maternal group with 4 tiny 12 inch new born calves, +- 78 Harbour Porpoise, multiple sightings, from individuals to larger hunting and feeding groups of 10, 2 GIANT BLUEFIN TUNA, with feedings Common Dolphins, 9 Atlantic Grey Seals, 5 Oceanic Sunfish, Blue Shark, finning along, Manx Shearwaters, lots offshore continually passing through, 3 SOOTY shearwaters, 2 BALEARIC shearwaters, 3 STORM PETRELS, 7 Sandwich Terns, passing through, Mediterranean Gulls every day, 2 OSPREYS, first for 2018, passage migrants, Peregrine Falcons daily, Buzzards, Kestrels, Oystercatchers, Curlews, Whimbrels, Sandpipers, Redshanks, Rock Pipits