Seabirds were the spectacle on today’s trip when we spent over 20 miles exploring offshore, with more puffins being recorded for 2019 as well as a great northern diver with its summer plumage beginning to show, a full adult Mediterranean gull and the first large flocks of Manx shearwaters beginning to appear! No cetaceans were sighted which just goes to show the difference just one day can make. But we did come across the unusual and upsetting sight of a dead common dolphin which was floating near the Manacles, possibly a result of by-catch. It is also still shocking to see the amount of rubbish, particularly plastic, which pollutes the ocean even miles from the coast – we retrieved a huge line of packaging plastic which could easily have been mistaken for food or entangled an animal.
1 Atlantic Grey Seal, 4 Puffins, including one juvenile sat on the water, 1 Great Northern Diver, calling, 2 Fulmars, Manx Shearwaters, first large flocks seen for this year, lots of Guillemots, offshore and flying through, lots of Gannets, hunting and traveling birds, 1 Mediterranean Gull, full adult, 6 Sandwich Terns, sat on buoys, 1 Redshank, 2 Oystercatchers, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Swallow, lots of Barrel Jellyfish, particularly in the current lines