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Wildlife at sea – what’s been spotted in Carrick Roads

The incredibly popular David Attenborough series Blue Planet and Blue Planet II have given viewers a fascinating insight into the wildlife that lives on, under and beside the sea in different countries and continents.

Here in Cornwall, we’re very lucky to have our own haven for a wide variety of marine species. Why not take a charter trip out on one of our beautiful private yachts to see what you can find?

Spotted on a regular basis in the waters of the Carrick Roads, visitors should keep an eye out for common and bottlenose dolphins, the harbour porpoise, jellyfish and seals.

A big draw in the summer months are the basking sharks, which can reach up to 12 metres in length and are the second largest fish in the world.

Less common, but still seen on several occasions, are leatherback turtles, attracted by the jellyfish that feed in the plentiful plankton, and the ocean sunfish. In August/September there have also been reports of minke whale sightings.

Bird watchers are able to tick a considerable variety of species off their list. For example, one of the largest UK flocks of black-necked grebes can be found in Cornwall, as well as red and black-throated and great northern divers, red-necked and Slavonian grebes, black guillemots and long-tailed ducks.

Native species include cormorants, curlews, redshanks, oystercatchers, shags, dunlins and black-tailed godwits. There have also been reports of ospreys, honey buzzards and laughing gulls in the past.

An individual charter package to explore the Cornish coast on the search for some of these special inhabitants is a great way to escape the crowds and enjoy another side of Cornwall.

Let the Bowman Yacht Charters team help you design the perfect day trip or longer break to suit you and your guests. Get in touch with the team today to find out more.

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