Seaquest Southwest is a citizen science marine recording project. For over 20 years the Trust has been recording the distribution and abundance of our most charismatic marine wildlife; including dolphins, sharks, whales, porpoise, seals, sunfish and much more. In 2016, the public sent in 2,640 reports of wildlife spotted around the county, ranging from iconic humpback whales to the smallest cetacean on earth – the harbour porpoise.
Katie Bellman, volunteer Seaquest Southwest Coordinator for 2017 says,
“All year round Seaquest encourages the public to submit their valuable sightings. In 2016 they certainly delivered! Compared with the last five years, there were a record number of common dolphin encounters in 2016, as well as our second highest number of harbour porpoise sightings. Along with the common visitors to our shores, we are always delighted by rare sightings. 2016 provided one of our first inshore encounters with white-beaked dolphins and the second sighting in 10 years of a ghost harbour porpoise. We also had our second confirmed sighting of a bowhead whale commonly found in the Arctic. Humpback whales were videoed on the north and south coasts of Cornwall along with three sightings of killer whales.”