If you love wildlife along with a little adventure on the high seas, it is certainly worth trying one of the many wonderful sea safaris now available all around Cornwall. There is a diverse range of species to be sighted along the Cornish coastline. Bottlenose dolphins and grey seals are commonly sighted, along with basking sharks. peregrine falcons and guillemots. Every so often there is a sighting of a rare breed such as the bowhead whale sighted off Long Rock near Marazion earlier this year.
Here are a few of the companies around the county offering wildlife boat trips.
AK Wildlife Cruises, Falmouth
Operating out of Falmouth, AK Wildlife Cruises run a variety of trips every week throughout the year, looking out for the amazing birds and marine mammals which frequent our coast. Their boat Free Spirit is an Aquabell Sports Cruiser which is a comfortable, stable boat with a heated indoor seating area and plenty of open outdoor seating.
Orca Sea Safaris, Falmouth
Orca offer wildlife watching and coastal safaris on the purpose-built Seaquest of Falmouth, taking in the spectacular sights of the Carrick Roads. A huge array of species visit the area including dolphins, seals, whales, seabirds and basking sharks.
Newquay Sea Safaris
As well as their popular Seal Cove Safari, Newquay Sea Safaris offer some more exhilarating marine wildlife encounters, including their Basking Shark Encounter, where you can snorkel with these peaceful (toothless) creatures, and also a 8-hour Shark Cage Diving trip with the beautiful Blue Shark. Fully booked for 2016, these trips are carried out to comply with the Shark Trust guidelines and aim to promote understanding and efforts for conservation.
All photos courtesy of AK Wildlife Cruises.