A huge diversity of marine wildlife was seen on today’s 7 hour trip, one of only half a dozen of the year, which began with close-up and personal views of two large male Seals hauled out on the rocks, and a male Peregrine Falcon flying over the cliffs. Sandwich Terns were also recorded today which is unusual for this time of year as they should have all headed south by now, an unexpected treat. The most stunning sea and weather conditions allowed us to head all the way down to the Lizard Point, removing a section of old fishing rope on our way which regrettably often becomes tangled round Seals.
Two species of Cetacean were recorded… firstly a maternal group of Common Dolphins, including the same individual with the unusual pigmentation that we recorded last week in the very large pod. It will be interesting to see if this juvenile is sighted again, perhaps it is one of our resident Dolphins in Falmouth Bay. Faecal folds could be seen on some of the calves in this group as these animals could be seen so clearly in the crystal clear water right below us. Multiple Harbour Porpoises were also recorded closer inshore, feeding over the reefs in the bay.
We all enjoyed some incredible sightings of Oceanic Sunfish today, including three individuals flapping their fins all together, at first mistaken for a small group of auks, and then we had one BREACHING fully out of the water, likely in an attempt to remove some of the parasites from its body… really spectacular, as this is not a behaviour we are lucky enough to see often. Sea surface temperature is now hovering above 19 degrees C in places, the sea looking absolutely tropical with a recent Phytoplankton bloom. High densities of bait fish are frequently being recorded which means exciting times ahead!
20 Common Dolphins, maternal pod, 8 Harbour Porpoises, 4 separate sightings, 4 Atlantic Grey Seals, 2 hauled out, 7 Oceanic Sunfish, 3 in a group, 1 breaching, 21 Puffins, mostly individual birds, 3 STORM PETRELS, 5 Sandwich Terns, 1 Peregrine Falcon, male flying, 1 Buzzard, Manx Shearwaters, flying through offshore, Guillemots, offshore and flying through, Razorbills, Gannets, offshore feeding and flying through, Oystercatchers, Jackdaws, flying over the cliffs, Ravens, Swallows, Rock Pipits, Shags, Cormorants, Greater Black Backed Gulls, 4 Blue Jellyfish