Seaquest Southwest

Seaquest Southwest

Adrian Langdon

Seaquest Southwest is a citizen science marine recording project run by Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Living Seas Team. It is one of Cornwall Wildlife Trust's fantastic marine projects aimed at better understanding, conserving and protecting marine wildlife and wild places for future generations.

Seaquest Southwest uses public events, surveys and activities to engage with volunteers and members of the public to achieve its three main aims: to engage people with the marine environment; to collect data on marine wildlife, and to better understand and conserve marine wildlife. Seaquest has been running now for 10 years and collects sightings data on the abundance and distribution of marine megafauna around the Cornish coast. As a result, there has been a steady stream of data over the years which have given us a fantastic insight into our Cornish cetacean population.

Seaquest Southwest Aims

  • To engage people with the marine environment
  • To collect data on marine wildlife
  • To better understand and conserve marine wildlife

Seaquest Southwest organises an exciting programme of events, from public seawatches, Seaquest Sunday surveys, and an annual recorders conference. To find out more please see our seasonal timetable of events at the bottom of this page.

Recent sightings

To find out what marine wildlife has been seen recently go to the Online Recorder Kernow and Scilly (ORKS) website to explore recent wildlife sightings in the county. You'll need to create a free ORKS account to access this information.

You can also read our Seaquest Annual Reports which is packed full of sightings and updates from the project, available to download at the bottom of this page. 

How you can help!

Send us your sightings of marine wildlife in Cornwall:

When you're out and about, keep a lookout for marine wildlife then send us your sightings and you can help protect these beautiful creatures. Send your ad hoc sightings to Online wildlife Recording Kernow and Scilly (ORKS) at 

Join us on a Seaquest Dolphin Watch!

The third Sunday of each month we run a public friendly sea watch at different key headlands all aound the county. Join the wildife experts and enthusiasts and see what wonderful marine mega-fauna can be spotted from our coast, meet some fantastic like-minded people and find out more about the project. 

These events are published on the CWT events lists, on the Seaquest Southwest Facebook page and on our Seaquest newsletters (subscribe here)

Become a volunteer and get involved!

We run a number of training events and opportunities throughout the year for new Seaquest volunteers. To get involved or to just find out more, please email and subscribe to our Seaquest newsletter to keep up to date with news, upcoming events and training.

Public Seaquest sea watch at West Pentire near Crantock, photo by Katie Bellman