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Curious whale circles boat off the Cornish coast

Curious whale circles boat off the Cornish coast

Published by Emma Carton at 8:29am 21st October 2019. (Updated at 10:05am 22nd October 2019)

Archive photo of minke whale: Marine Discovery Penzance

This is the moment more whales were spotted breaching the surface on the Cornish coast.

Marine Discovery Penzance filmed several minke whales over the weekend, along with dolphins, porpoises and seals.

The group that runs boat trips off west Cornwall says one circled back for a better look at their boat!

"We had a brilliant day out on the water today with a real diversity of species spotted. 

"On both morning and afternoon three hour trips we saw a minke whale, common dolphins, harbour porpoises and grey seals. 

"On the afternoon trip, one porpoise we saw seemed to have got itself confused with a dolphin - it repeatedly surfaced near the boat, looking right up at us; it had unusual leucistic pigmentation. 

"Also this afternoon the common dolphins gave us a bit of a treat as they swam with us for a while as we sailed".

Marine Discovery Penzance

On Sunday, Marine Discovery Penzance says one whale broke its feeding pattern to circle their boat for a better look!

"It was a breezy day today, with an energy-sapping northeasterly wind making the sea rather choppy! 

"This morning we went a long way south back down to where we found the whales yesterday... and found one again! 

"This one was a curious juvenile who circled the boat for a look at us, before carrying on with its lunge feeding under the gannets. 

"We also saw a porpoise briefly, several seals around the island, and got very splashed on our bounce back in from offhore".

Marine Discovery Penzance

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