April 19th, 2021
On Easter Sunday, Free Spirit headed out for the first explore of the bay and what a treat of a day it was for us. We were lucky enough to see an incredible diversity of species including several porpoises, lots of seals and over 20 different bird species. And most amazingly to our surprise, the first basking shark of the year!
As we headed east around the coast, we sighted a group of approximately 20 grey seals, some hauled out on a secluded beach, whilst others were playing around between the waves and rocks. A flock of sandwich terns was also spotted as well as a great northern diver and a Slavonian grebe. And not long after, the unmistakable fin of a basking shark emerged, before amazingly swimming alongside the boat for us all to see.
After running in a big loop offshore we headed all the way west and managed to pick up a few harbour porpoises, including a small calf, and checked on our peregrine falcons and fulmars at their nesting sites on the way back in. Sadly, we did spot a few floating pieces of rubbish including a large plastic sheet and big block of polystyrene which luckily we were able to grab and pull out before they met with any of our lovely wildlife.
1 BASKING SHARK, 18ft in length, first for the year, 3 Harbour Porpoises, including 1 calf, 26 Atlantic Grey Seals, 1 Puffin, single bird flying through offshore, 4 Razorbills, lots of Guillemots, several at nesting site, 1 Great Northern Diver, part summer plumage, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 30+ Sandwich Terns, 2 Shelducks, 1 Eider Duck, molting, Oystercatchers, 12 Manx Shearwaters, 6 Fulmars, including a couple of nesting pairs, Gannets, travellers, 3 Peregrine Falcons, at nest sites, Buzzard, 6 Ravens