With lots of conjecture still flying about everywhere regarding the recent Orca sighting near Plymouth, I have to respectfully say, in my humble and carefully measured opinion, as I really don’t want to upset anyone when I say sadly, sadly, I’m afraid this was not an Orca in this instance .. OH how I wish it was .. as having spent a lot of time over my many years as a professional wildlife guide and Captain around the world interacting, observing and recording Orca in their natural environment, there really is nothing quite so exciting. They have a certain PRESENCE about them. They are very DIRECT and have a PURPOSE about them. They never shy from coming over, to check you out. What is clearly lacking on this Cetacean videoed .. is the Orca’s iconic white/grey saddle patch just behind the dorsal fin. Also, it’s only at the very last clip/frame in the video that you get a glimpse of the kayaker and the paddle which immediately give you PERSPECTIVE of size. So just to confirm, sadly not an Orca in this case but a beautiful Cetacean none the less. A beautiful Risso’s Dolphin .. even the person videoing openly says “it’s a Dolphin isn’t it!!” Bless. Risso’s Dolphins are the least common of our local Cetaceans and very shy and endearing creatures they are too, one of my favourites along with those stunningly beautiful White Beaked Dolphins,
they do have big dorsal fins and unfortunately so often get mistaken for Orca. Ahhhhh .. next time hopefully as they can and do get seen in the SW .. fingers and toes crossed everyone!
With such calm, glorious and settle conditions yesterday, there was only one place to go, and that was straight offshore where we happily and excitedly sighted and recorded three different FINs belonging to … A lovely playful and incredibly inquisitive group of Common Dolphins who just couldn’t help themselves in the calm water to rush at speed like leaping antelopes to jostle for the very best position to ride and play on Free Spirits bow pressure wave, giving everyone such fabulous and special views in the crystal clear waters of Falmouth Bay. Followed by a lovely interaction with a maternal group of tiny, shy and ever so endearing, little Harbour Porpoise, mother, calf and a teenager, possibly a sibling and her previous calf. Finally, the last fin flip flipping away, an Oceanic Sunfish, always so intriguing for everyone to see as they are such a bezzzzar looking fish and the heaviest bony Fish in the world at up to a tonne in weight. Puffins were also excitingly recorded here and there offshore with their cousins, both Guillemots and Razorbills, bringing lots of happy smiles to everyone on board.
12 Common Dolphins, 3 Harbour Porpoise, family group, Oceanic Sunfish, Peregrine Falcon, male, the three recently recorded Peregrine Falcon chicks, happily fledged, Gannets, family groups with brown babies passing through offshore, Kittiwakes, Fulmars, Ravens, Oystercatchers, Rock Pipits, Blue Jellyfish