We had some lovely encounters with a few grey seals at the beginning of our trip today and we watched a large male as it hauled itself out of the water and onto a rock covered in kelp whilst a young female spied on him from the water. It was a little bit quiet to begin with as we headed offshore, with just small numbers of guillemots and gannets, but we did record several large flocks of Manx shearwaters flying through. Barrel jellyfish are still around and we had some great sightings of a couple right at the surface. The sea is looking crystal clear at the moment and a rich turquoise colour, particularly in the sunlight.
We recorded our second minke whale for this year! This was another juvenile at around 12ft which suddenly popped up less that 20m in front of Free Spirit, giving us some incredible views, and we could just make out the white bands on its fins through the water. We continued to spot this animal as it came up from its foraging dives for the next half an hour or so.
1 Minke Whale, 2nd sighting of the year, 12ft juvenile, 3 Atlantic Grey Seals, 2 hauled out, 1 Peregrine Falcon, male, 1 Great Northern Diver, distant traveling bird, 1 Raven, 2 Fulmars, +-350 Manx Shearwaters, Gannets, Guillemots, Razorbills, Oystercatchers, Barrel Jellyfish