April 22nd, 2021
The easterly winds are slowly starting to build and create a big sea but we managed to head round the coast and offshore this morning still with pretty decent conditions. A few young seals were feeling very playful right next to the boat and there were also several much larger males in the surf around the rocks. The seabird colony at gull rock is looking very active at the moment with both guillemots and razorbills as well as shags arriving with nesting material. And just as we were coming back into Falmouth, we spotted a basking shark right in the entrance to the Carrick Roads! Around 12ft in length, this is the smallest one we’ve seen so far but it happily came round past the boat several times feeding as we were stopped, giving us lovely views of its silhouette from above and the bright white of the inside of its mouth.
1 Basking Shark, 12ft male, in the Carrick Roads, 14 Atlantic Grey Seals, 2 hauled out, 2 Great Northern Divers, +-50 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Swallow, Gannets, +-200 Guillemots, including 2 bridled, Razorbills, 2 Oystercatchers, 1 Egret