Helloooo everyone. Thank you all so much for keeping me so busy. Heading offshore every day and twice daily which is so exciting as we are now right in the middle of this year’s National Whale and Dolphin Watch Week, run and organised by the fabulous Sea Watch Foundation of which proudly, we are one of their Recommended Boat Operators and long standing supporters. I’m thrilled and delighted to share with you all that our wildlife sightings have also remained brilliant and so very exciting, with multiple sightings and the documentation of Cetaceans daily since the 29th of July, right through to the 3rd Of August, which truly is not only magical for everyone joining any of my dedicated fun filled, educational and exciting wildlife adventure cruises, but equally magical in all aspects of that word, that I’m able to achieve such a high sightings record here in the rich and sheltered waters of Falmouth Bay.
Three different species of Cetaceans have been recorded so far through this year’s fun filled NWDW 2018, recording and interacting with many, multiple, maternal and feeding pods of Common Dolphins, incredibly recording and filming my smallest ever, tiny little baby Common Dolphin at just TEN INCHES in length, bringing lots of Ohhhhhs and Ahhhhhs from all on board. Just delightful, such a dear tiny, tiny, wee little baby.. With so many families and their dear children joining us currently, being able to share with them the joys of our natural world and its incredible diversity of outstanding wildlife, I also have to say, is so very, very special and also so incredibly magical as these are memories made and that I know will be cherished forever.
The two other Cetacean species happily recorded have been many multiple pods of again maternal groups of Harbour Porpoise, with many of these involving big groups of ten to twenty Harbour Porpoise in their fast dashing frenetic feeding frenzies, with Gannets adding to the excitement, raining in from overhead. To cap this all off .. “Thar She Blows!” as we shared and thoroughly enjoyed the wonderment of a sub adult 22 foot Minke Whale, bringing squeals of happiness, excitement and joy to all on board, this now being our twenty eighth Minke Whale for 2018 .. brilliant, just brilliant this has been to be able to share this with so many of you all, your dear children and all the family groups.
Birds have also put in their special appearances with many feeding frenzies involving hundreds of Gannets overhead, fluttering and diving headlong in around us, squawking as they go in with a resounding loud sploosh sploooosh splooooosh, one of nature’s magical spectacles for sure. Along with several vast whirling black and white masses of feeding Manx Shearwaters who also, with their indicative splash , splash, splashes, pour in through the seas surface to feed below on the tiny krill and baitfish below. I always say Manx Shearwaters and Minke Whales go hand in hand as they feed on exactly the same small food items, as always when you get these vast feeding flocks of Shearwaters. I’m also always scanning hard to see if I can see any other Shearwater species within these masses. Sure enough, a lone Sooty Shearwater was happily recorded, bringing our total to now four for this season. However, happily over the next couple of months we will record many, many more along with other larger Shearwaters like Cory and Great, bringing further excitement for us all.
+- 535 Common Dolphins, multiple maternal and feeding groups over the last five days including my smallest ever baby Common Dolphin @ just ten inches in length, +- 184 Harbour Porpoise, high count over the last five days, multiple maternal and feeding groups including several large pods of 10 and 20 individuals rushing and feeding under clouds of Gannets, MINKE WHALE, 22 footer sub adult, 9 Atlantic Grey Seals, 7 Oceanic Sunfish, SOOTY SHEARWATER, Manx Shearwaters, thousands in feeding aggregations, 3 STORM PETRELS, 8 Sandwich Terns, starting their passage migration south, Mediterranean Gulls, lots and lots everywhere, Fulmars, Gannets, clouds of feeding frenzies and passing flocks, both adults and juveniles, Kittiwakes, 9 Peregrine Falcons including this year’s recently fledged chick with kill, 6 Buzzards, 4 Kestrels, 8 Common Sandpipers, Oystercatchers, Whimbrels, Curlews, Egrets, Herons, Compass Jellyfish, Moon Jellyfish, Mauve Stingers Jellyfish, Falmouth Bay full of baitfish shoals and Mackerel, weather conditions just fabulous..