June 26th, 2019
With a mirror-calm sea and light winds, we spent the whole 4 hour trip offshore, happily recording two different species of cetaceans again. We encountered a large hunting group of common dolphins well spread out over a mile with gannets feeding among them and several individuals came over to bow ride along Free Spirit. One of our interactions consisted of a maternal group with tiny calves next to their mothers. A total of nine harbour porpoises were spotted as well and we had some good sightings of puffins. We also spotted our first guillemot ‘jumpling’, a chick which has recently jumped off its nesting cliff ledge not long after hatching. The sea has started warming again, with a high sea surface temperature of 19.02°C recorded.
+-50 Common Dolphins, including a dozen mother-calf pairs, hunting group, 9 Harbour Porpoises, two different interactions, 7 Puffins, hundreds of Manx Shearwaters, Mediterranean Gulls, Gannets, Guillemots, including our first sighting of a ‘jumpling’, 3 Peregrine Falcons, all recent fledglings, Barrel Jellyfish everywhere