Recently on a previous trip, it has been somewhat quiet offshore, with little seabird activity and no Cetacean sightings. However, today we were treated to a diversity of marine wildlife in abundance, with our largest pod of Dolphins recorded so far for this year! Puffin numbers are dropping now but Guillemots and Razorbills are still being seen in high numbers, feeding offshore and at their nest site. An Oceanic Sunfish and a Blue Jellyfish were also sighted and recorded today, both signs that the sea temperature is slowly warming. But ARGHHH… plastic is everywhere! It is a shame we can’t remove all the plastic litter we pass (we’d never get back to shore!), however we did retrieve a large helium balloon from the sea to prevent a marine creature mistaking it for food.
The large maternal pod of +- 150 Common Dolphins were easily visible by eye a long distance away when they were first sighted, their black silhouettes showing up so clearly against the sea. And as we approached, they came over and were feeding all around us, tail-slapping and jumping fully out of the water… so exciting and special to witness, our two guests on board were overwhelmed and overjoyed. A dozen juveniles were amongst this group, including one individual which had some kind of faulty skin pigmentation, with white patches on its body instead of the usual patterning.
Note for your diaries!.. From 28th July to 5th August, it is this year’s Annual National Whale and Dolphin Watch Week, run by the Sea Watch Foundation. Throughout this event, we will be trying to run longer, dedicated 7 Hour wildlife cruises to give us the very best chance of sighting and recording the most Cetaceans possible. This is a fun-filled and exciting annual event for families and everyone to become involved in! Please see our website for more details and to book a trip.
+- 150 Common Dolphins, maternal group with juveniles and mothers with calves, 1 Harbour Porpoise, feeding, 1 Oceanic Sunfish, 2 Puffins, 5 Atlantic Grey Seals, 2 hauled out, Guillemots, feeding and flying through offshore, Razorbills, 3 Herring Gull chicks getting larger, Manx Shearwaters, small numbers offshore, Gannets, 12 Fulmars, lots nesting and flying above the cliffs, 2 Buzzards, Oystercatchers, Ravens, Jackdaws, Rock Pipits, Shags, Cormorants, Blue Jellyfish