Well helloooo me hearties.. LEATHERBACK TURTLE.. yes a beauty, my second now for 2018, big individual too always fascinating and so magical to see, bringing exclamations of wonderment and absolute excitement to all on board. WOW WOW WOW they said.. never thought I would see a Leatherback Turtle… Ahhhhh… This is why I love it so. Never ever two dedicated wildlife cruises the same. My motto “expect the unexpected always, and if it’s out there, I will, with a beaming smile, find it for you.” They are a species you really just don’t think you will see in the rich and sheltered waters of Falmouth Bay. However, every year Leatherback Turtles do make their way across the Atlantic on the Gulf Stream to feed on Jellyfish and Salps as they arrive and pass through all of our western facing shores, from west Ireland, west Scotland, west Wales and our beloved Kernow. This particularly magical day saw the whole of Falmouth Bay resembling a sheet of glass and a sea like liquid mercury, silvery grey and not a ripple, with overcast skies, the very, very best conditions for spotting anything breaking the surface, BLACK standing out like a proverbial ‘Belisha beacon.’
Talk about exciting. I was beside myself as we now headed Free Spirit South and ended up sighting four different species of Cetacean.. two more Minke Whales, a large maternal pod of Bottlenose Dolphins, a very active, fast moving hunting group of Common Dolphins, and those dear little Harbour Porpoises quite literally popping up here, there and everywhere. Multiple sightings of feeding Giant Bluefin Tuna and that fabulous Leatherback Turtle, scores of Great and Sooty Shearwaters and those Tiny Storm Petrels whizzing about, plus thousands of Manx Shearwaters and a bottling, bobbing, sleeping Atlantic Grey Seal some three miles offshore happily added to all our excitement, as we also shared the joy of Gannets wheeling and squawking overhead in their mass dive bombing feeding frenzies. What a day WOW, Falmouth Bay happily rippling with a truly fabulous diversity of outstanding and very exciting wildlife.
I can only concur before I head back offshore, this should be the prelude of more and more exciting wildlife spectacles to come as the autumn months can be so very exciting, with gentle weather and many, many multiple Cetacean species days, a whole variety and smorgasbord of rich and exciting wildlife, both fins and wings passing through and feeding in the rich and sheltered waters of Falmouth Bay.
With my dedicated wildlife cruises being available daily throughout the week, if you would like to find out more, please feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org, as nothing gives me more pleasure than sharing my knowledge and passion for all wildlife with you all. Looking forward to sharing lots more exciting wildlife adventures with you all.
LEATHERBACK TURTLE, 3 Minke Whales 3, bringing the total to a now high of 43, 27 Bottlenose Dolphins, maternal group with three tiny calves, +- 183 Common Dolphins, multiple sightings, hunting and feeding groups, +- 127 Harbour Porpoise, multiple sightings, hunting and feeding groups, biggest group 33 WOW, 17 Atlantic Grey Seals, 3 Sunfish, 23 Giant Bluefin Tuna, multiple sightings, explosive feeding frenzies, 23 BALEARIC shearwaters, 36 SOOTY shearwaters, 16 GREAT Shearwaters, Manx Shearwaters, thousands offshore feeding and passing through, 6 STORM PETRELS, Kittiwakes, lots offshore, Fulmars, lots offshore, Gannets, feeding frenzies, multiple birds, 100s diving in, 7 Peregrine Falcons, 8 Buzzards, 4 Kestrels, 9 Ravens, 17 Oystercatchers, 6 Egrets 6, 9 Greenshanks, 5 Redshanks, 4 Herons, Swallows, several flocks on migration, Rock Pipits