October 17th, 2019
We had a fantastic day offshore yesterday with wonderful company on board including a few representatives from MARINElife, and despite the forecast we all managed to stay dry. Several groups of common dolphins were recorded in Falmouth Bay including a maternal pod with half a dozen tiny calves which all came over to bow ride and whiz around Free Spirit. There was very little wind but many of the dolphins were enjoying surifng at speed in the residual swell that remained from recent weather. We also spotted a wide variety of birds including a kingfisher, peregrine falcons, a single Manx shearwater, and a royal flush of auks – guillemots, razorbills and puffins, all in their striking winter coats.
+-60 Common Dolphins, four different interactions including a maternal group with several calves, 3 Harbour Porpoises, 2 Puffins, 14 Guillemots, 5 Razorbills, Mediterranean Gulls, Gannets, offshore and flying through, 2 Peregrine Falcons, male and female at nesting site, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Lesser Black Backed Gull, flock of migrants, possibly finches, 1 Kingfisher, up Penryn River, 2 Curlews, 2 Herons, 2 Egrets