April 22nd, 2021
A fab day with the last of our back to back trips with ExeterMarine masters students. This morning was fairly quiet offshore but we had some great encounters with lots of inquisitive seals and several great northern divers close in to the coast, most of which are now in their full summer plumage. This afternoon we headed in the opposite direction, all the way down west past the Manacles, spotting a little harbour porpoise on the way and two seals out surprisingly far offshore. As we headed slightly further round the next headland with the sea conditions calming by the minute, we spotted a maternal pod of Risso’s dolphins. These were almost all mothers with their calves right close in by their side and some so young their foetal folds were still visible. Adorable! Behaviours included logging and spy hopping.
16 Risso’s Dolphins, two maternal groups of almost all mother calf pairs, 1 Harbour Porpoise, juvenile, lots of Atlantic Grey Seals, Great Northern Divers, mostly summer plumage, Fulmars, Guillemots, including bridled, Razorbills, Sandwich Tern, Manx Shearwaters, Gannets, Ravens