Sunshine and Boats

Atlantic Diver and Tamarisk in sunshine off Newquay todayAtlantic Diver

Just had to share the boats in the gorgeous sunshine today. Seven Bottlenose Dolphins were in the Gazzel briefly …lucky passengers on Newquay Sea Safaris and Fishing Trip had a top side view from the top deck viewing seats. Happy happy day as the Bottlenose Dolphin pod is now reduced to only 29 in total , that we know of…lucky us. Kittiwakes were also very active feeding in the wake of the boats and sitting around in large rafts.

 Kittiwakes sitting in a large raft together and feeding in wake of boats

St Agnes VMCA Marine Discovery Day

Potting Fisherman show us a very large Edible CrabCrab from rockpool Ramble Cornwall Wildlife Trust and St Agnes VMCA gather at Travaunce Cove for Marine Discovery Day

fantastic views from the marine lab

Friends and Family gather

Matt Slater chats about one of the many crab species we found

Discovering the delights of crab

Lots of interest

Ra go hunt

Children enjoying new skills

Bull Huss Mermaid's Purse

What an awesome day today…Summer was here!! Three cheers for sunny dayssmiley I met up with St Agnes VMCA  volunteers and Cornwall Wildlife Trust staff, Matt Slater and Nicki , to help spread the word about how amazing our Cornish Marine Life is. We shared the fun of Rockpool Rambles, making Marine Art from beach litter, marine art craft, Cornwall Seal Group and Story telling and too much more to mention. Blue skies and warm Cornish sunshine blessed us as families and friends learned about the local fishermen who pot for Lobsters and Cornish Crab. Matt and John delivered a superb lecture about the sustainability of the Cornish potting fleet and how we should all support this wonderful industry thet provides fresh food for us with minimal impact to the marine environment. At present much of the Spider crab is sold abroad as there is a keen market for it there, BUT its a sweet tasting crustacean…kind of a cross between crab and lobster and Matt suggested we try it and champion it as our own home grown Cornish delicacy…..yummy, I know I love it!!…Try It. and support our local fleet.

We learn how to dress a crab

The Rockpool Ramble found….Cushion Stars, Strawberry Sea Anenomes,Bull Huss Mermaid's Purses, Five Beard Rocklings of various ages,Brittle Stars, Purple Top Shells, and multiple crab varieties as well as spiney Star Fish, a Flat Fish, Sea Slaters , all varieties of seaweeds and loads more.


Families and friends created Marine Art made from marine litter, Marine crafts  from Jean's excellent selection of interesting things, listened to story telling and Cornwall seal group Sue sayer and Kate, taught us the perils of netting rubbish to grey seals and how they live painfully with net entanglement..good reason to pick up beach garbage as we go along…thanks to all today for helping to premote how amazing our marine environment is and how we can protect it but most of all to support the Marien CoCornwall Seal Group Sue sayer talks about Grey Sealsnservation Zones , so that future generations can enjoy days like today.

A special thanks to Chris …the new VMCA Ranger who fit us inbetween his night shift….now there's dedication!!


We Won The GOLD !! at Cornwall Tourism Awards

Cornwall Tourism Awards Logo...a Gold for Newquay Sea Safaris and Fishing

OMG…We did it!!!  Newquay Sea Safaris and Fishing won Gold at the prestigious Cornwall Tourism Awards last night , hosted at the iconic and our  favourite hotel..The Headland Hotel.

Team Newquay Sea safaris and Fishing collecting Gold Award at Cornwall Tourism Awards

Secret Shopper from Visit Cornwall was quoted in the Western Morning News today as saying

" I wasn't at all sure what to expect from the Safari and was completely bowled over by the experience…I have already been recommending the experience to friends. It is truely exceptional."

Annabelle Proudly Displaying Beautiful Gold Award Designed and Sponsored by Jo Downs

Stunning Colours ofBblue and Green Glass Award

Chris and I are delighted that Newquay's Marine Wildlife is being talked about due to receiving this Award . It is our mission during our boat trips to engage passengers to the diversity of marine life and its plight in the hope that they become inspired and are moved to share their experience and sometimes work towards protecting them themselves. This is great timing as the Wildlife Trusts are launching a campaign to support our Megafauna such as Whales ,Sharks and Dolphins in

their ….."Save Our Ocean Giants" campaign.( Of note we would like to see seals added to this list)

for more info:

Chris and Annabelle Lowe of Newquay Sea Safaris and Fishing at Cornwall Tourism Awards 2014

 The "Raging Bull" Phill Vickery presented the awards with Cornish and Englishman's enthusiasm and witPhil Vickery MBE alias " The Raging Bull"...Presenting Awards

Malcolm Bell, Head of Visit Cornwall, the Cornwall Development Company tourism service, praised the winning businesses:  “To have so many amazing businesses and individuals who work tirelessly to drive Cornwall’s tourism product forward is one of Cornwall’s greatest assets. With so many new names on the winners roll, these Awards highlight that Cornwall’s immense passion for quality is industry wide rather than the reserve of a few. Let’s hope Cornwall continues this success and comes home triumphant from the British Travel Awards later this month.”

Malcolm Bell at Cornwall Tourism Awards

Councillor Julian German, Portfolio Holder for Economy and Culture, continues:  “Behind the glamour of the Cornwall Tourism Awards is a rigorous judging process. The trophies are a symbol of hard-work, investment and passion, and considering the size of Cornwall’s visitor economy, winning one is a highly accomplished feat. I hope that the awards drive the winners forward to an even more successful future and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.”


Paul Hardingham, Strategic Development Director of title sponsors Hoseasons, adds: “Cornwall is the domestic jewel in the crown of the UK tourism industry, so it’s fantastic to be involved in the Awards this year. We help to bring nearly 250,000 people to county every year, staying in our lodge developments, holiday parks and cottages, and we are only able to do that thanks to the passion and commitment shown by the people behind these businesses.”

Skinners Our Favourite Local Brewery
Special thanks to all of our amazing crew who seem to have never ending enthusiasm but also all of our Wildlife Buddies who have helped make us what we are over the past 7 years. 
Vintage Style Cocktails
A Flipping Fintastic Result…Queue ….Bottlenose Dolphins…Please take a bow!
Bottlenose Dolphins off Newquay Headland Autumn 2014
….and congratulations to the Cornwall Tourism Awards team who worked really hard alongside the Headland Hotel Staff to create an Award Ceremony fit for the Hollywood Oscars
Well Done all Winners!smiley
The Awards for the evening are as follows:




Sponsored by Stephens Scown Solicitors


GOLD                    Trevornick Holiday Park, Cubert

SILVER                  Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park, Padstow

BRONZE               Perran Sands Holiday Park, Perranporth

BRONZE               Trevella Park, Crantock



Sponsored by Cornwall Association of Tourist Attractions


GOLD                    Trethem Mill Touring Park, St Just in Roseland

SILVER                  Padstow Touring Park, Padstow

BRONZE               Polmanter Touring Park, St Ives

Mr and Mrs Armstrong owners of Headland Hotel Newquay


Sponsored by e-Strategy


GOLD                    The Headland, Newquay

SILVER                  Mawgan Porth Holiday Park, Mawgan Porth

BRONZE               Gwel an Mor Resort, Portreath

COMMENDED    The Valley, Carnon Downs



Sponsored by Jo Downs Glass Design


GOLD                    Newquay Sea Safaris & Fishing, Newquay

SILVER                  Newquay Zoo, Newquay

BRONZE               Paradise Park, Hayle

COMMENDED    Wingz Bird & Animal Sanctuary, Par



Sponsored by First Great Western


GOLD                    Launceston Tourism Information Centre

SILVER                  Bodmin Visitor Information Centre



Sponsored by Seymac Distribution


GOLD                    Eden Project, Bodelva

COMMENDED    Cornwall’s Crealy Great Adventure Park, Wadebridge



Sponsored by Nicholson’s


GOLD                    Lower Barns B&B, St Ewe

SILVER                  Highcliffe Contemporary Bed & Breakfast, Falmouth

BRONZE               The Gurnard’s Head, Treen,

COMMENDED    Downs Barn Farm, St Buryan



Sponsored by Niddocks


GOLD                    Boscastle Farmshop & Café, Boscastle

SILVER                  Rick Stein’s Café, Padstow

SILVER                  The Waymarker, Constantine

COMMENDED    The Park Café at Mawgan Porth, Mawgan Porth



Sponsored by Purple Cloud Consultancy


GOLD                    Kernock Cottages, Saltash



Sponsored by Pavey Group


GOLD                    Bosinver Farm Cottages, St Austell

SILVER                  Treworgey Cottages, Duloe

BRONZE               Cosawes Barton, Ponsanooth

COMMENDED    Farmer James Farm Holidays, St Kew

COMMENDED    Kernock Cottages, Saltash  

COMMENDED    Peninnis Farm Luxury Camping, St Mary’s    

COMMENDED    Restormel Manor, Lostwithiel




Sponsored by Sue Bradbury PR


GOLD                    The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan

SILVER                  St Michael’s Mount, Marazion

BRONZE               Eden Project, Bodelva



Sponsored by Source for Business


GOLD                    Farmer James of Farmer James Farm Holidays, St Kew



Sponsored by Nixon


GOLD                    Telegraph Museum Porthcurno, Porthcurno

SILVER                  St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre, St Austell

BRONZE               Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen



Sponsored by Francis Clark


GOLD                    Hell Bay Hotel, Bryher

SILVER                  Talland Bay Hotel, nr Looe

BRONZE               The Idle Rocks Hotel, St Mawes


WILDLIFE FRIENDLY BUSINESS AWARD, in partnership with Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Sponsored by Kelly’s of Cornwall


GOLD                    Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre at Gwel an Mor, Portreath

SILVER                  The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan

BRONZE               Perran Sands Holiday Park, Perranporth

COMMENDED    Encounter Cornwall, Golant

COMMENDED    Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park, Padstow

COMMENDED    Trenython Manor Hotel & Spa Resort, Par



Sponsored by Scott Burridge Commercial


GOLD                    The Pandora Inn, Mylor

SILVER                  The Ship Inn, Wadebridge

BRONZE               Rashleigh Arms, Charlestown

BRONZE               The Kings Head, Ruan Lanihorne



Sponsored by Brewer and Bunney


GOLD                    Miracle Theatre, Cornwall

GOLD                    Mobius Adventure Cornwall, Cubert

BRONZE               Minack Theatre, Porthcurno

BRONZE               Padstow Seafood School, Padstow

COMMENDED    Koru Kayaking, St Agnes

COMMENDED    Scilly Seal Snorkelling, St Martins

COMMENDED    Ticket to Ride Surf School, Perranporth



Sponsored by Hotel Perfect


GOLD                    The Scarlet, Mawgan Porth

SILVER                  The Headland Hotel, Newquay

BRONZE               St Michael’s Hotel & Spa, Falmouth



Sponsored by James Wellbeloved


GOLD                    Helsbury Park, Launceston

SILVER                  Kernock Cottages, Saltash

BRONZE               The Valley, Carnon Downs



Sponsored by Canara Organic Farm


GOLD                    Bosinver Farm Cottages, St Austell

SILVER                  The Emerald, Carnon Downs

BRONZE               Dolbeare Park, Landrake

COMMENDED    The Headland Hotel, Newquay

COMMENDED    Kernock Cottages, Saltash



Sponsored by St Austell Brewery


GOLD                    Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Rock

SILVER                  Langmans Restaurant, Callington

BRONZE               Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, Port Isaac

COMMENDED    Ruin Cafe, Tresco



Sponsored by Springboard


The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan




John & Carolyn Armstrong, owners of The Headland Hotel, Newquay



Seal Pup Basil Fawlty ..Released

Basil looks out to sea

Basil the recued seal pup has now been nursed back to health by the dedicated Animal Care Team Staff at the Gweek National Seal Sanctuary.and has over tripled his weight.  Alongside the staff and other BDMLR Marine Mammal Medics…we watch  the exciting moment of the seal’s  release back into the wild to try their chances again to survive against the odds. Basil’s big moment is about to begin…..the seals dash down to the sea but Basil is unsure and hides under the National Seal Sanctuary Jeep.Unsure what to do Basil breaks away from the rest of the seals and hides under the Seal Sanctuary JeepWe can still see you Basil!Basil spots something interesting in the shallows.Basil has spotted another sealAnother released seal pup waits in the shallows and looks back at Basil….enticing him to join her.Another released seal pup looks back at BasilThe other seal is eventually enough to lure him out to seaLaughingBasil tries the water 

Who could blame the little seal pup with icicles hanging from the cliffs on the beach…but the draw of the beautiful shimmering blue water of North Cornwall’s Atlantic Ocean eventually attracts Basil to take the final plunge.icicles hang form cliffs at the beachBasil finally swims out to sea

Basil finally heads out to sea!…

Seal Pup Rescues

seal pup rescue with Chris, Kate and Annabelle

For more of what we do during the winter please read on…The above pic is of a seal Chris , Kate, Kate’s mum and I rescued earlier this winter season. He was named “Basil Fawlty “by the Animal Care Team Staff at Gweek National Seal Sanctuary who have done a superb job of caring for him. He was called this because of his enormous swollen head( faulty head)  he had from head injuries he received perhaps from rough seas and rocks or possible bite injury. Click here to see how he is progressing and hear more of his story…

Chris and I are both British Divers Marine Life Rescue Marine Mammal Medics and throughout the year but particuarly in the Winter season (which is Grey Seal Pupping time) we are on call as volunteers ,alongside a whole team of superb medics in the Cornwall area to attend Marine Mammal rescues. Here follows one day in our diary ….On a freezing cold day in January on a windy beach a lone seal pup hauls out at the high tide line and lies exhausted and dehydrated …too tired to make it back to the sea. He is now vulnerable to dog attack and major disturbance…Fortunately a member of the public call British Divers Marine Life Rescue and describe the state of the pup then wait for medics to arrive., keeping themselves and dogs back out of the way so they do not scare the pup. Philip and Lewis, 2 new recruits ,arrive first, amid a heavy shower of hail stones and assess the seal’s condition. Phillip takes the sharp end whist we take his temperature and assess his wounds. Dave Jarvis our senior medic indicates the seal needs treatment. We very carefully place the seal into a specially designed BDMLR seal bag being careful not to get bitten and carry him back across the beach.(NB..NEVER attempt to rescue a seal yourselves this could be very dangerous for both you and the seal…please follow the BDMLR advice:

please click for link……

to call BDMLR:  BDMLR hotline: 01825 765546 (office hours) or 07787 433412 (out of hours)

injured and dehydrated seal pup

new medic Phillip jumps the seal pup

Once safely removed from beach the seal pup is made more comfortable in a larger transportation box , so he doesn’t overheat. Lewis and Phillip British Divers Marine Life  Rescue Marine Mammal Medics check he is fit for travel . Then off to meet the vet….seal pup safely in animal box for transport to vet

Medic Darryl administers seal treatmentAfter a long arduous journey back from the vet …the little grey seal pup Phillip Phollop flops down into the sea, stops to rest for a minute, then disappears back into his own watery environment!Cool

Bye Bye little seal …good luck!!seal pup Phillip Phollop flops into the sea

new medics Phillip and Lewis joy at seal pup release

Sharks are Here

Tope ..the Soup Fin Shark caught during Newquqay Sea Safaris and Fishing Trip 9 miles off Newquay

To watch the Soup Fin Shark in its natural environment…see below

The first Basking Shark was sighted about 8 miles off Newquay this week, spotted by Daniel ..a Commercial Potter ( with thanks) feeding open mouthed at the surface. Other sightings have also been coming in as 1 in falmouth, 2 off Porth Kerris, 1 off Landsend and 2 in Lundy..the warmer weather has helped the Zooplankton to rise ,so the harmless plankton feeding sharks are feeding at surface. Today a happy angler also caught a very large Tope , weighing in at 22lbs and 1.8m in length. The male shark circled around the boat and entangled the anglers' lines, reminiscent of a scene from "Jaws", before being brought onboard "Atlantic Diver" to be measured and recorded for the Shark Trust and Substance. It was then very carefully released…keeping these sharks in a horizontal position helps to protect the soft internal organs so that a successfull release is possible. These sharks are known as the "Soup Fin" shark and don't eat people but instead eat fish, crustacean,endinderms and worms. They are usually bottom feeders. Our fishing and sea safaris are running daily aboard our two top, large catamarans. Mackerel are coming in well today.


Shark Cage Diving UK at Its Best!!

Beautiful Blue Shark approaches Atlantic Diver

Unbelievably adrenaline rushing viewing during a shark cage dive with the  best cage diving company in the UK. Eleven shark divers set off from Newquay Harbour yesterday onbaord "Atlantic Diver" to do one of the" top 10 things to do in Newquay" or even the UK. Doubters of the thrill of UK cage diving should feast their eyes on this footage as we experienced 4 Blue sharks, all female ranging from sizes…2.5m, 3m 3.5m and  2m.

 British Shark "Bites" Chum Bag during UK Cage Dive onboard Atlantic Diver

Excited Shark Divers met at our "Newquay Marine Centre" overlooking the Harbour, to learn about the plight, biology and behaviour of the blue sharks which only feed in our British Sea when the water temperature is 12 degrees plus. 

We Sped 10 miles out to sea ,Aboard "Atlantic Diver" and set up the chum to attract the sharks to the cage.

After a two and a half hour wait…they appeared…thrashing around the chum …two female Blue Sharks . They gradually grew in confidence and made repeated drives passed the (by now adrenalined) Shark Divers!!!

Another Shark rolled up , then another ….shark Fest!!!

you tube video here

All in all we enjoyed watching their amazing hunting and reasoning skills as they swam around the cage, chum bags and boat. All on board were totally blown away by their beauty, grace and stealth. These iconic creatures are being taken in their millions for their fins and meat…a top predator rapidly declining. The Uk has catch limits for many of our sharks but this is not the case in Europe, as a Shark Trust Trustee I am in support of TACs for europe as is applies here in the uk, which our  fishermen adhere to. 

Tourists in Newquay would never be treated to such an amazing spetacular display of nature as the blue sharks forage far offshore away from bathers and they are only accessable by boat. Historically these sharks were in plentiful supply and indeed we did used to angle for them but  today we prefer to view them and encourage others to take care of our ocean and top predators by educating visiting wildlife tourists, as well as locals. 

To Book These Cage Dives…please call Skipper Chris or Annabelle Lowe on 

07860 927833

01637 850930


Sea Watch Dolphin and Whale spotting week

Hydro Planing Dolphins on newquay sea sfaris

hydro planing dolphins

Unbelievably awesome Common Dolphin activity this week as we were recording cetacean for Whales and Dolphin Watching Week. We came across no fewer than six pods of Common Dolphins on one day alone , let alone Bottlenose Dolphins on two consecutive days complete with juveniles and Harbour porpoise. It was a great week until the british weather moved in but out there again today. 


The dolphins were feeding on sand eels which were in turn feeding on phytoplankton which was trapped at the sea surface. The Dolphins were coraling the shoals up tightly at the surface by porpoising closely together …gathering the shoal , whilst others under the shoal blew air bubbles upwards to keep the fish from swimming down. Then annnd here come sthe amazing part ….the dolphins now having trapped the sand eels ata the surface Hydro Planed , beaks open wide and scooped the eels up in lines of ridgid backed sinchronised rows of dolphins. The spalsh they created doing this was phenominal.


We sat and watched at a distance for ages as they fed in a huge area around us. 

Seal’s Fish Supper

Newquay Grey Seal Feathers eating Conger Eel

Couldn’t resist posting this picture of Grey Seal called “Feathers/Shrek” eating a conger eel in Newquay Harbour today


Feathers-eases-Fish -Supper-Down -Throat-No Chewing





Gone…totally content seal….got to just love these gorgeous seals…it was like watching somebody eating noodles.


 In the backround the Newquay Fish Festival setting up is well underway.All starts down here on Friday 11th-13th…trips running as usual from our shark’s head booking kiosk..come on down and enjoy the fun.

We shall be helping at the Newquay Marine Group stand on the Beach.

there is an awesome program of fish and famous chefs, fishing talks, old newquay, food stalls….BOAT TRIPS and lots of Cornish Fishing Fun.

……….See You There!!  

Shark Cage Diving in the perfect Sea

Shark Cage Divers

Juvenile Dolphins come up close to people watch the Shark cage

Rubby Dubby attracts Gannets and Storm Petrels

Wouldbe Shark Divers compete for top Fishing spot

Christine in Shark Cage

view of Atlantic Diver from Shark Cage

dolphins play in bow wave

common dolphins

Atlantic Diver returns homeFantastically calm conditions at sea yesterday enabled us to see hundreds of Common Dolphins and every sea bird around for miles ,as we powered out to deep ocean 20miles offshore. The shark cage  was an easy slide in as the mill pond conditions continued throughout the stunning August day. Pod after pod of common dolphin fed alongside diving gannets until the trip became a dolphin not sharking trip. Juvenile and dolphin calves played inquisitively close to the cage until ushered by the adults to rejoin the pod. We watched and listened to the dolphins tail slap as they rounded up the fish in an amazing display of team work fishing. The team work continued aboard Atlantic Diver as would be shark divers Karen and James vied for top fishing position ( sorry Karen ,James won). despite copious oily chum and a slick to die for no shark was brave enough to show its face around the mass of dolphins. The spectacular show continued after we shut up shop and headed home as pod after pod still feeding leapt and porpoised out of the sea, with a few occassionally breaking the ranks to dance and play in our bow wave. Not exactly the choice of marine wildlife today but one of the most enjoyable days I’ve ever had at sea…thanks to the dolphins and our passengers who made the day such fun.