July 27th, 2019
We began yesterday’s cruise with a few seals in the water, a peregrine falcon and some beautiful Mediterranean gulls. There was a lot of motion in the ocean as we abandoned the coastline but after scanning with our binoculars, we soon came across a particularly active area, with huge gatherings of shearwaters including our first great shearwater of the year as well as some gannets, many of which were feeding. A large pod of common dolphins soared over to us through the swell to bow ride Free Spirit causing lots of squeals of excitement from on board. Unsurprisingly, we also recorded huge densities of bait fish shoals in the area, one extending 20m in depth!
+-80 Common Dolphins, very interactive large group, 3 Atlantic Grey Seals, 1 male, 2 females, THOUSANDS of Manx Shearwaters, 1 Great Shearwater, first for the year, 1 Storm Petrel, Mediterranean Gulls, adults and juveniles, Gannets, Fulmar, 1 Peregrine Falcon, lots of Barrel Jellyfish