May 11th – 14th

May 15th, 2018

Goood morning everyone.. Excitement reigns supreme as we sight and record more HUGE BASKING SHARKS, fabulous interactions with euphoric and playful Common Dolphins, lovely little Harbour Porpoise, and a truly stunning light phase full adult Pomarine Skua with its distinctive spoon like tail feathers, a real beauty.. Puffins remain constant offshore and Sunfish are now starting to be seen too as the sea surface temperatures slowly start to rise. Yesterday saw us locate a lovely warm pulse core of water offshore at 14:03 degrees Celsius, inshore sea surface temp hovering between 12:05 and 13:03 degrees Celsius.

With Minke Whales and Risso’s Dolphins also being sighted and recorded, along with all the now busy nesting Seabirds and glorious weather forecast going on again into next week, it’s just magical heading out and sharing such fun filled and exciting sea time with you all where everything and anything can be seen. There are though never any guarantees, but with a good long and solid track record, very little gets past my hawk like eyes… “If it’s out there, excitedly and happily, I will find it for you all!” AND “To always.. expect the unexpected!” As one never really knows what is going to be sighted or popping UP next. Basking Sharks are very much with us still currently with us with some truly HUGE Basking Sharks @ 9 metres being observed with SEVEN individuals being sighted and recorded just over the last three days giving us a total so far of FOURTEEN BASKING SHARKS over the last three weeks. If the weather remains settled, hopefully MORE will still be observed and recorded as they are truly such incredible, totally fascinating and ever such beautiful precious creatures.

If you would like to find out more about my dedicated wildlife cruises which are available daily with a minimum of just two people booked on board to see us heading offshore, please email info@akwildlifecruises.co.uk or phone 01326 316098. If I don’t pick up, it’s only because I’m offshore. Please leave a slow clear message with your contact details and I will happily phone you straight back on my return as there is currently no better time to potentially view them. Although they are fickle beasts at the best of times, only UP if their food source the Zooplankton is UP and then you really need to be searching, searching hard to pick them up, some of our recent sightings just coming from a tiny tip of a fin being visible over the rippling Sea, but there below is a massive six or nine metre Shark. If you are on the water, careful how you go and please keep your eyes peeled. Slow down over likely Basking Shark areas such as reefs or inshore but equally when you are traveling offshore as they can and have been just below the surface and potentially could be struck, causing damage to your boats and worst still, potentially fatal for those dear gentle giants of our temperate Seas. Looking forward to sharing lots more exciting wildlife adventures with you all. Exciting times ahead…

6 Basking Sharks including both small @ 4metres and some enormous Sharks @ 9metre, 2 Minke Whales, 12 Risso’s Dolphins, Common Dolphins, small family groups from 4 to 12 individuals, 7 Harbour Porpoise, individuals and family groups, 14 Atlantic Grey Seals at four locations, POMARINE SKUA.. light phase full adult, stunner with distinctive spoons, 16 Great Northern Divers, most in their stunning full summer plumage, 4 Black Throated Divers, Puffins, multiple birds offshore, mixture of 1st year juveniles and adults, Guillemots, lots offshore feeding and at nest site, 3 BRIDLED GUILLEMOTS at nest site, Razorbills, lots offshore feeding and at nest site, Gannets, lots offshore continually passing through, Manx Shearwaters, lots offshore continually passing through, Kittiwakes offshore, Fulmars offshore and at nest sites, Ravens, chicks about to fledge, Peregrine Falcons, males active, females sitting, Red Kites passing over Falmouth Marina, 7 Swifts, over Falmouth Marina, Swallows, still coming in from offshore, Whimbrels coming in from offshore, Oystercatchers, Egrets, Redshanks, Turnstones, Sandwich Terns, still moving through, Arctic Terns, still moving through, Common Terns, still moving through

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