June 3rd, 2021
A very successful day with Exeter Marine masters students with stunning conditions and fab company (and biscuits!). Our first sunfish of the year was spotted this afternoon! Several jellyfish which they like to feed on were also recorded, as well as a huge amount of bait fish, which are hopefully both signs of good things to come. The young minke whale that we saw yesterday – its dorsal fin is slightly hooked at the top – was seen on two of our three trips today, feeding in the same area close inshore and doing laps around the boat, surfacing less than 10 metres from us at times. We also had some fantastic close encounters with a couple of harbour porpoise mother-calf pairs – the calm sea conditions meant we could pick these up very easily. Large flocks of Manx shearwaters could be seen flying through offshore and feeding on the surface as well as our first Arctic Skua for the year and a great diversity of other seabirds.
1 Minke Whale, same individual spotted on two trips, 7 Harbour Porpoises, including two mother calf pairs, 1 Oceanic Sunfish, our first for the year, 16 Atlantic Grey Seals, including two far offshore, 1 Arctic Skua, dark phase, 1 Storm Petrel, 2 Great Northern Divers, summer plumage, 6 Fulmars, Kittiwakes, 100s of Manx Shearwaters, 1 Puffin, Guillemots, including one bridled, Razorbills, Gannets, Compass Jellyfish