Fairly quiet on the cetacean front over the weekend despite us covering huge distances offshore, but there was a huge variety of other wildlife to be found and we did have some lovely spotting conditions (although the wind was bitterly cold!). We recorded hundreds of Manx shearwaters flying through offshore, some great northern divers with their stunning summer plumage closer to the coast, and auks – guillemots, razorbills and puffins – were sighted quite consistently throughout our trips, sat on the water or at their breeding site. Puffins, as well as basking sharks, will likely remain in the area until around mid-July, so these are good times to join us at sea! Barrel jellyfish are still being seen in their hundreds with the sea being thick with plankton, and bluebells showed up beautifully in some areas along the coast. Atlantic grey seals looked pretty content just basking in the sun.
A lone Common Dolphin, juvenile possibly part of a larger group sighted later on in a similar area, 9 Atlantic Grey Seals, most hauled out, 6 Puffins, 4 Sandwich Terns, Swallows, Guillemots, Bridled Guillemots, Razorbills, Gannets, traveling birds and some hunting, Fulmars, at nest site and offshore, Kittiwakes, 12 Great Northern Divers, full summer plumage, 100s of Manx Shearwaters, Ravens, at their nest, Rock Pipits, lots of Barrel Jellyfish