April 19th, 2021
Today was a day of fins and saw us recording FOUR different cetacean species! Happy #NationalDolphinDay
indeed! We had amazing encounters with common dolphins and the inshore bottlenose dolphins this morning with both groups coming over to bow ride, as well as spotting a mother and calf harbour porpoise hunting around the Manacles. Offshore there were also hundreds of Manx shearwaters – a large increase from yesterday – lots of guillemots and the odd fulmar and kittiwake.
There was not a breath of wind this afternoon and the sea was a sheet of glass and crystal clear. We were able to spend a long time with some stunning Risso’s dolphins 6 miles offshore which were feeding and logging around us in between deep dives. Coming round the coast, several inquisitive grey seals popped up beside the boat and two species of diver were recorded.
4 Risso’s Dolphins, including one juvenile, 8 Bottlenose Dolphins, 5 Common Dolphins, including one calf, 2 Harbour Porpoises, mother calf pair, 10 Atlantic Grey Seals, two hauled out, 8 Great Northern Divers, 1 Black-Throated Diver, +-400 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Fulmars, 5 Kittiwakes, Gannets, lots of Guillemots, Razorbills, 1 Raven