May 12th, 2021
We managed to avoid all of the rain yesterday as it passed through in the morning before our trip, and we had lovely company on board. The resident seals were feeling particularly inquisitive and playful and several actually swam after us as we slowly left the area. Our first jellyfish – a blue jelly – was recorded along the coastline so we image that we’ll start seeing lots more of these shortly! Offshore, we soon lost all of the wind and the sea became a sheet of glass. We recorded the most auks we’ve seen so far for this year, with dozens of large rafts of guillemots and razorbills offshore and flying through as well as a few puffins. Two energetic pods of common dolphins were also seen, both consisting almost entirely of mothers with their calves, with lots coming over to bow ride and leap alongside Free Spirit.
+-80 Common Dolphins, two maternal groups, 2 Harbour Porpoises, 20 Atlantic Grey Seals, 1 Blue Jellyfish, 3 Puffins, 100s of Guillemots, including 3 bridled at the nest site, lots of Razorbills, 4 Fulmars, +-150 of Manx Shearwaters, one large flock, 2 Great Northern Divers, Gannets, 1 Raven