Another trip with 3 different cetacean species. We had a lovely encounter with a couple of the very rare and robust white-beaked dolphins, only our second sighting of white-beaks so far for this year. One of them came over briefly to bow ride Free spirit and you could really notice the size differnet between these and the much smaller common dolphins. High numbers of Manx shearwaters and gannets were sighted almost continually throughout the trip, most of which were travelers, as well as a dark phase Arctic Skua. We expect to start seeing more of these rare species of pelagic birds as we go through September and October so if you’re a keen birder, these can be excellent months to join us for a trip. Excitingly, a leatherback turtle was reported in the Carrick Roads yesterday late afternoon, but sadly we missed it!
2 White-beaked dolphins, second sighting of 2019, 12 Common Dolphins, traveling pod, 25 Harbour Porpoises, multiple small groups, 1 Arctic Skua, dark phase, 1000s of Manx Shearwaters, most flying through offshore, 100s of Gannets, Fulmars, Mediterranean Gulls, Barrel Jellyfish