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Lundy WLO report Ilfracombe-Lundy 23 September

On our outward journey, conditions were slight with the sun attempting to peak through the clouds. Bird sightings were steady, several passing Gannet and Manx Shearwater. We also observed a few Guillemot father/chick pairs rafting.

Grey Seal (Megan Strachan)

I had a couple of excited calls from passengers who claimed to have just seen a Sunfish, describing the large dorsal fin swaying side to side. Another shout later for “Dolphin! Dolphin!” as one individual joined us just for a fleeting moment.


Numerous passengers were keen to see the Grey Seal, including the new pups. After a few discussions about the importance of observing from a distance and minimising disruption to the pups and new mothers, it was a pleasure to see several just next to Landing Bay.

Grey Seal pup (Megan Strachan)

The sea state remained slight/moderate for our return journey. More passing Gannet this time with a large group diving just off the coast as we approached Ilfracombe. I could pick out signs of dolphin activity underneath although not clear enough for identification.


A huge thanks as always to Captain Jason and the Oldenburg crew for having me on board.

MARINElife/Lundy WLO: Megan Strachan


Summary of sightings:

Marine animals

Grey Seal

Dolphin spp.

Sunfish


Seabirds

Gannet

Fulmar

Gull spp. (mixed)

Shag

Manx Shearwater

Guillemot


Lundy Wildlife

Longhorn cattle

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