Gorgeous conditions offshore today and we covered almost 60 miles of sea. The entrance of the Carrick Roads was busy with boats as we headed out, just catching the beginning of the AZAB race – a 2,400 mile yacht race to the Azores and back. As we came back into Falmouth, we passed the competitors sailing down along the Lizard Peninsula, a very impressive sight! We enjoyed a close encounter with our second sunfish for the year as well as a dozen puffins and some particularly large barrel jellyfish, many of which were right at the surface. Sadly fairly quiet on the cetacean front, although there have been some Risso’s dolphins recorded recently in the area.
1 Oceanic Sunfish, second for 2019, 1 Atlantic Grey Seal, hauled out, 12 Puffins, sat on the water and flying through, Guillemots, Razorbills, 1 Storm Petrel, Manx Shearwaters, lots offshore, Gannets, mostly travelers plus a small work-up of feeding birds, Fulmars, at their nest sites, 2 Kittiwakes, 2 Peregrine Falcons, at two different sites, 5 Oystercatchers, Barrel Jellyfish, lots right at the surface