We couldn’t have asked for better weather or sea conditions for our first 7 hour cruise for 2019 or better wildlife, with exceptional interactions from a trio of cetaceans. We had common dolphins bow and wake riding, 5 different interactions with harbour porpoises, and the most incredible encounter with a group of Risso’s dolphins, the first we have sighted for the year. We witnessed some spectacular behaviour including spy hopping, breaching and logging, and we even saw them attacking barrel jellyfish which could then be seen floating past in several pieces. They are usually quite a shy species but today they came right up to and beneath Free Spirit, twisting and turning and could be seen so clearly through the glassy sea.
We recorded a high sea surface temperature of 16.7 degrees Celsius and an almost constant influx of barrel jellyfish as we made it all the way down to the Lizard and far offshore. On the way out of the Carrick Roads we passed Sir Robin Knox-Johnson on board the Suhaili followed by a flotilla of sailing yachts.
12 Risso’s Dolphins, first for 2019 and one of our closest ever encounters, 10 Common Dolphins, bow and wake riding, 10 Harbour Porpoises, from 5 different interactions, 8 Atlantic Grey Seals, 3 hauled out, 1 Peregrine Falcon, young male, Kestrel, Ravens, flying around their nest, Rock Pipits, 1 Great Northern Diver, just coming out of its winter plumage, +-30 Fulmars, some nesting in pairs and a large flock on the water in one particular bay, lots of Guillemots, Razorbills, couple of large rafts on the water, small numbers of Manx Shearwaters, Gannets, travellers and hunters, Kittiwakes, 100s of Barrel Jellyfish, almost continuous