Entries by Vanessa Thomas

1st Pelagic of the season

 The 7th and 8th of July were one of our busiest weekends so far for wildlife trips. On top of the usual trips to the Minnack and “seal cove”, we began our pelagic season on Saturday morning. I have been asked not to keep moaning about the weather lately, but we really are beginning to […]

Risso’s Dolphins in Mounts Bay

At long last our weather has broken with several days of westerly winds and a couple of weak fronts which- as predicted- have brought the wildlife back within sight of land! More reassuring- but harder to explain-  has been the return to St Clements of our local Grey Seals – though “Sammy”/”Silverback” was not on […]

First Trips of 2018

 Our first trips of 2018 had unusually calm weather. There were good numbers of Razorbills and Guillemots, plenty of Grey Seals on St Clement’s Island (including at least 15 pups from last year), a young Glaucous Gull, a single Manx Shearwater, the “mixed-up” male Eider, relatively few Gannets, Kittiwakes and Fulmars, and 2-4 small pods […]

Wilson’s Petrel Sightings!

  There’s much excitement at Mermaid Pleasure Trips, Penzance at the moment!  The Wilson’s Petrel has blessed us with its presence on not one, but two of our Mini Pelagic trips. After seeing The Wilson’s Petrel on one of our Marine Wildlife Cruises, we decided to arrange a Mini Pelagic Trip on Wednesday evening. Many keen […]

Wilson’s Petrel on Saturday’s Pelagic Trip

Well it had to happen eventually! Our first pelagic of 2017 looked like it was going to be a shaky start; 2 people never showed, the seas were much higher than expected and comfortable!! As a result the rafts of shearwaters etc feeding on the growing “slicks” were scattered and gone. In fact we could not get […]