August 11th

August 12th, 2019

The day after the storm… There was such a contrast in weather conditions in and off-shore yesterday. It was dry and sunny the whole time we were out at sea, but we were greeted with very heavy downpours coming back into Falmouth! It was quite a stunning sight looking back over the coast with a mixture of thick grey skies, bright sunny patches, a green sea and a couple of rainbows. The sea surface temperature had dropped considerably in places, now around 15°C down from around 20°C. We had some excellent seabird sightings including a great skua which was harassing a gannet, an Arctic skua and several storm petrels. There wasn’t a huge amount of cetacean activity but we did have a really lovely encounter with a group of harbour porpoises. We also observed a few grey seals in the water whilst we were having lunch.

7 Harbour Porpoises, feeding group, 3 Atlantic Grey Seals, 5 Storm Petrels, 1 Arctic Skua, dark phase, 1 Great Skua, Fulmars, Kittiwakes, Mediterranean Gulls, >20 Sandwich Terns, Manx Shearwaters, Gannets, 1 Peregrine Falcon, Barrel Jellyfish

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