March 17th

March 17th, 2019

After a brief drenching at the beginning of today’s trip we managed to stay relatively dry for the rest of the day. With winds building up to 40 knots throughout the afternoon we began by heading straight out offshore where we had some fantastic interactions with cetaceans, with 7 different sightings of common dolphins and harbour porpoises. Despite difficult sighting conditions with a big sea and strong glare, we still managed to spot these animals between us as they surfaced and enjoyed some very close encounters with the common dolphins feeding around us and bow-riding. Peregrine falcons were found at two different locations around the coast either side of Falmouth, with a pair displaying high above the cliffs, and Cornwall’s only resident common seal was seen swimming again today, clearly still healing well from its wounds.

Thank you to FXU MarineWatch for joining us again! Photos to follow shortly.

11 Common Dolphins, including 4 juveniles, 6 Harbour Porpoises, individuals or pairs, 26 Atlantic Grey Seals, 8 hauled out including a few pups, 1 Common Seal, 3 Peregrine Falcons, pair flying plus another female at a different site, 2 Ravens, 2 Fulmars, Gannets, feeding, Guillemots, flying past, 12 Oystercatchers, Shags, large rafts offshore, Cormorants, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Redshank, Greater Black-Backed Gulls, +-70 Mute Swans, in the marina

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