Delighted to find white-beaked dolphins offshore yesterday. Much stockier than our more familiar common dolphins, white-beaks are usually found in colder waters further north so it is always incredibly exciting to record these stunning animals in Falmouth Bay, the most southerly ever population. They were first spotted at a distance, jumping right out of the water, creating huge splashes that couldn’t be missed. And this was one of the largest groups we‘ve seen in a while, likely a family group, and they were all very interactive, leaping beside the Free Spirit and bow-riding.
We also recorded a group of hunting common dolphins which approached us at speed, and a whole diversity of seabirds with gannets and Manx shearwaters in large numbers. We’ve been recording huge amounts of bait fish offshore recently which is very promising, and the bay seems to becoming increasingly active with wildlife each day.
8 White-Beaked Dolphins including two mother calf pairs, leaping and bow-riding, 16 Common Dolphins, hunting at speed, 1 Ocean Sunfish, 100s of Manx Shearwaters, 100s of Gannets, 8 Fulmars, at nest site, Kittiwakes, +-50 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Puffins, flying through offshore, Guillemots, Razorbills, 2 Peregrine Falcons, female plus chick, Compass Jellyfish, Moon Jellyfish, Crystal Jellyfish