We had a lovely trip yesterday in the sun and finally managed to get right out offshore. With just a little bit of residual swell from the recent weather, the sea was mostly calm and is continuing to settle down. Constant strings of gannets, Manx shearwaters and guillemots passed close by, and breeding pairs of Fulmars and Ravens could be spotted along the Lizard Peninsula coast. The thick current lines were productive with Mediterranean gulls and sandwich terns, but this was also where scraps of plastic tended to accumulate.
On our way back into Falmouth we were joined by over a dozen playful common dolphins, a mixture of adults and juveniles, which came to bow-ride and race alongside Free Spirit, giving everyone on board some fantastic views. Loads of huge barrel jellyfish floated past, some right on the surface showing up so nicely against the rich green-turquoise sea.
14 Common Dolphins, including mother and juvenile pairs, lots of Barrel Jellyfish, 1 Kestrel, juvenile sat on the cliff, 22 Fulmars, most nesting in their pairs, 9 Sandwich Terns, lots of Gannets, including many squadrons traveling south, +-60 Manx Shearwaters, offshore and flying through, Guillemots, sat on the water and flying through, 8 Razorbills, 6 Mediterranean Gulls, in current lines, 1 Shelduck, Shags and Cormorants, 2 Ravens, sat on their nest