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4 Fin Whale off Scilly!!

1st January 2020

These 2 Fin Whale, 200 yds south of the airport, was a new species for me after seeing my first Humpback Whale from my kayak, last week on Christmas Day!

The first day of 2021, was one to remember for a lot of folk on St Mary’s. Just before 09.00 this morning, Rob Pentecost picked up the 2 Fin Whale from yesterday, close in, south off Peninnis from his house. I had never seen one before and with Richie, we scanned like crazy from my window but no joy as it had moved on east around the corner of Peninnis out of sight. However, ‘Billy’ the Iceland Gull appeared as usual. Shortly afterwards, the 2 Fin Whale were seen from Peninnis and it wasn’t long after that Richie and I were also observing them some 200yds from the south turning circle of the airport. A Great Skua also flew west. After seeing my first Humpback Whale from my kayak on Christmas day, I had no idea that I would be observing 2 Fin Whale on New Years Day a week later. We left after an hour, only to return again, as one of the 7 Humpback Whale!! Yes that’s 7 from yesterday!!! Was at the mouth of Old town Bay where it fluked once for us. We were just leaving, when Richie discovered the third Fin while, close into Peninnis. That’s 3 Fin and a single Humpback Whale in the space of an hour!! Later on, up to 4 Fin Whale were seen altogether by other observers!

The first day of 2021 was ideal for whale watching. Looking SE out to sea from my window first thing this morning

The 2 Fin Whale off the south of the airport

The 2 Great Skua that I had a few days ago were the only ones that I saw last year. The first day off 2021 and this Great Skua flew west close in while observing the whales.

This Humpback Whale was close in at the month of Old Town Bay and must of been a wonderful experience for those on ‘The Spirt of Agnes’

And shortly afterwards, Richie discovered this Fin Whale just a 20 yds, SW from the Humpback Whale off Peninnis. The Fin Whale is the second largest mamal after Blue Whale.

Whale watchers scanning out from Peninnis at the Fin Whales

We returned home to have a bite to eat but I ended spending the next hour scanning for the whales from my window. While scanning south, Robin put the news out that the 4 Cattle Egret were in the Trewince fields. I scanned to the east from the window and snapped off the egrets before returning to scan to the south again at the sea but there was no sign of any whales. Richie and I finished the day off with the Humpback Whale off samson and the three white-wingers at Porthloo. The 2 Iceland and the Glaucous Gull. The idea today was to join others in a bird race on the first day of the year but those pesky whales got in our way.

A heavly cropped taken from my window of the 4 Cattle Egret at Trewince

This Gannet landed in with the Herring Gulls close in below us

More whale watchers enjoying the Humpback Whale off Samson from Star Castle

Looking towards St Agnes from the Garrison this evening

One of the 4 Fin Whale south of St Mary’s taken by John Peacock from ‘The Spirt of Agnes’

And the Humpback Whale at the mouth of Old Town Bay taken by John Peacock

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Author: Kris Webb 10

I love to throw sticks at trees! I also can’t get enough of music! I also blog about my observations on Scilly and wherever I go around the world and what’s sometimes on my mind. I’ve visited over 30 countries and some more times than once. I’ve worked and volunteered in Nepal, USA, Peru, Gambia, Costa Rica, 3x Australia, and refugee camps in Palestine The profile image is one I took while in Palestine of a brave Israeli holding high the Palestinian flag in front of the Israeli Offensive Forces during protests in Belin

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