A special place... The Isles of Scilly are one of only two places in England where Manx Shearwaters breed
Under threat...The Isles of Scilly hold 3,000 fewer pairs of breeding seabirds than 25 years ago
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A fully booked Scillonian III departed Penzance, sheltered initially from the cold for August, NW breeze.
Whilst at the quay, a Barrel Jellyfish and a very much smaller jellyfish species alongside the ship had aroused the interest of several passengers. As we left another 2 Barrels were soon seen.
A distant Common Dolphin was observed very close to the Cornish cliffs. Later on a Minke Whale was partially seen, a Porpoise was also seen.
The seabirds were mostly found before the Wolf Lighthouse with 2 Balearic Shearwaters just off Porthgwarra being the highlight.
Outward totals:- 91 Manx Shearwaters, 128 Herring Gull, 85 N Gannets, 26 Fulmar, 105 GBB Gulls, 34 Herring Gulls, 171 unidentified gulls to distant trawlers, 2 loafing Guillemots near Porthgwarra. 1 Oystercatcher and several Shags.
247 Manx Shearwaters were seen on this return leg, mostly after Wolf and especially off the Cornish south coastline. Interestingly there was not the usual westward only Manx flow. They were flying in all directions presumably feeding around.
Other return species totals:- 96 Northern Gannets, 32 Fulmar, 14 Lesser black backed Gulls, 76 GBB Gulls, 8 Herring Gulls and 78 distant unidentified gulls.
Two pods of feeding Common Dolphins were observed after Wolf, involving a minimum of 16 dolphins and many Gannets diving amongst them.
A Sunfish and a Seal were also seen after Wolf.
Brian Craven (& David Curtis)