Beautiful conditions offshore yesterday (for a change!) – ideal for searching for wildlife. We enjoyed a wonderful encounter with three harbour porpoises right in the Carrick Roads shortly after heading off, consisting of two adults and a juvenile which kept popping up around us. Ellis, Cornwall’s only resident common seal, was spotted hauled out among a couple dozen grey seals, still with the wounds on his sides but looking otherwise plump and healthy! A high number bonxies were seen, a couple of which were harassing other birds, as well as gannets diving very close around us and our first Manx shearwaters of the year.
3 Harbour Porpoises, 2 adults, 1 juvenile, in the Carrick Roads, 1 Common Seal ‘Ellis’, 29 Atlantic Grey Seals, most at haul out site, 8 ‘Bonxies’ Great Skuas, 2 Fulmars, offshore, lots of Kittiwakes, most in winter plumage, 6 Mediterranean Gulls, Guillemots and Razorbills, summer and winter plumage birds, lots of Gannets, +-60 Manx Shearwaters, flying through offshore, first for the year