Which Seal??

Big Bull Seal in Newquay Harbour YesterdayIs this Dr Who?Gorgeous Grey Seal in Newquay Harbour

Who is this gorgeous seal that turned up in Newquay Harbour yesterday…?? Not enough of him out of the water to tell yet so we hope to get more images of him today to photo ID…isn't he big though? Watch this space for update….

Whitecoat Seal Pup Rescue

Cute Whitecoat Seal Pup rescued

This extremely cute Whitecoat Seal Pup was rescued today from a local beach close to Newquay Harbour. He is only about three weeks old and suffered from possiblely infected bite wounds. After ensuring there was no mother nearby and that the seal pup was truely sick Chris and I acted with our medics hat on and retrieved the gorgeous pup to be transfered by other British Divers Marine Life Rescue Marine Mammal Medics. He is a good weight so his mum has fed him extremely well so hopefuly he will make a full recovery but his progress can be checked on:


This is our fourth seal pup rescue of the season…its been a tough couple of weeks for the seals with the huge ground sea …for advise about what to do if you see a seal pup :

http://www.bdmlr.org.uk/index.php?page=stranded-animalsAnnabelle and Chris Rescue Exhausted Sick Seal Pup

Spectacular Fin Whale

Fin Whale surfacing near Atlantic Diver

Divers watching Bottlenose Dolphins from bow of "Atlantic Diver"Stunning visibility allowed us to view layers of Bottlenose Dolphins from the bow of "Atlantic Diver"

Bottlenose Dolphins race over to Atlantic Diver, porpoising out of the water to gain speedGannets fighting over an escaped PollackDiver jumps off Diver Recovery Lift from Atlantic Diver

All aboard for the dive trip of the century..as we left Padstow Harbour, “Atlantic Diver” cut through the glassy sea in the warmth of the newly found July Sunshine..awesome in itself you would think…Chris  let out full throttle and off we sped for a 30mile journey to the wreck site the REWA…2 Puffins flew past followed by numerous Gannets and hundreds upon hundreds of Manx Shearwaters…spectacular watching them take off from the waters surface, circle and reland again. Then over about half way through, a pod of about 80 Commom Dolphins  including calves were actively hunting, blowing bubbles from below and coralling in circles. Behind them was a pair trawler and having read recent research it would suggest that the dolphins have a familiarisation with the fishing vessel….or was it the other way around?

About 2 mile on and we spotted 1 loan Bottlenose Dolphin …unusual we thought, on its own …when…suddenly the tell tale bubbleblows surfaced and we realised there were more, at least 25 surface and porpoised out of the sea, some came to join us in our journey whist others reained actively hunting. Again calves were present and one adult had pocks marks all over its body. The water visibility was so clear that we could see ever y rake mark on their bodies’…..just breath taking. During this we passed 4 Potuguese Man-of-war jellyfish just below the surface, there may have been more but we passed rather rapidly.

Smiles all round and divers safely enjoying their dive, we waited still spotting for more Cetacean encounters. Two divers surface when….A MINKIE WHALE surfaced scooping up great mouth fulls of plankton….quick get the cameras….again it surface and again, circling Atlantic Diver and eventually came 100m to our port side…at this stage we realised that it was over twice the size of our 10m Blyth Catamaran and so with the surfacing pattern and the dorsal fin size and shape,we reidentified as a Fin Whale…..WOW absolutely AWESOME…best day ever. Divers continued to surface and some saw the whale…what a sightb that would be underwater during your decompression stops!!! Loving this job !! Thanks guys for booking our boat!!:0)

Fin Whale watching aboard Atlantic DiverCommon Dolphins porpoise towards the Atlantic Diver  Mother and calf Common DolphinCommon Dolphins in glassy seas off Padstow from on board Atlantic Diver

Thresher Shark bycaught in Tintagel


Thresher Shark bycaught off Tintagel 3.6m long next to Tabbie from Newquay Sea Safaris and fishing

A beautiful 3.6m Thresher Shark was bycaught in bass fishing nets 100m off Tintagel yesterday and landed in Newquay Harbour . Sadly occassionally cetacean like harbour porpoise, dolphins,and Seals and in this case Sharks become net entangled and often drown as a result. The target fish was Bass which we can only guess the shark was feeding on as they eat small fish, squid and other small sharks. The commercial fisherman kindly allowed us to record the size of the sharks dorsal fins and tail fin as this is a "BAP" ( Biodiversity Action Plan) species which the government has funded to monitor the health of the species. All sightings or landings of this species are useful to determine the population's health. The shark was landed whole and all of the carcus sold . Thresher Shark Newquay Harbour


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

Rahttp://newquayseasafarisandfishing.co.uk/sites/default/files/IMG_7364.JPGmblers 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 www.stephens-scown.co.uk


GOLD                    Trevornick Holiday Park, Cubert www.trevornick.co.uk

SILVER                  Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park, Padstow www.motheriveysbay.com

BRONZE               Perran Sands Holiday Park, Perranporth www.haven.com/parks/cornwall/perran-sands

BRONZE               Trevella Park, Crantock www.trevella.co.uk



Sponsored by Cornwall Association of Tourist Attractions www.cata.co.uk


GOLD                    Trethem Mill Touring Park, St Just in Roseland www.trethem.com

SILVER                  Padstow Touring Park, Padstow www.padstowtouringpark.co.uk

BRONZE               Polmanter Touring Park, St Ives www.polmanter.com

Mr and Mrs Armstrong owners of Headland Hotel Newquay


Sponsored by e-Strategy www.e-strategy.net


GOLD                    The Headland, Newquay www.headlandhotel.co.uk

SILVER                  Mawgan Porth Holiday Park, Mawgan Porth  www.mawganporth.co.uk

BRONZE               Gwel an Mor Resort, Portreath www.gwelanmor.com

COMMENDED    The Valley, Carnon Downs www.thevalleycornwall.co.uk



Sponsored by Jo Downs Glass Design  www.jodowns.com


GOLD                    Newquay Sea Safaris & Fishing, Newquay www.newquayseasafarisandfishing.co.uk

SILVER                  Newquay Zoo, Newquay www.newquayzoo.org.uk

BRONZE               Paradise Park, Hayle www.paradisepark.org.uk

COMMENDED    Wingz Bird & Animal Sanctuary, Par www.wingzbirdsanctuary.co.uk



Sponsored by First Great Western www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk


GOLD                    Launceston Tourism Information Centre www.visitlaunceston.co.uk

SILVER                  Bodmin Visitor Information Centre www.bodminlive.com



Sponsored by Seymac Distribution www.seymacdistribution.com


GOLD                    Eden Project, Bodelva www.edenproject.com

COMMENDED    Cornwall’s Crealy Great Adventure Park, Wadebridge  www.crealy.co.uk/cornwall



Sponsored by Nicholson’s www.nicholsonssw.co.uk


GOLD                    Lower Barns B&B, St Ewe www.bosue.co.uk

SILVER                  Highcliffe Contemporary Bed & Breakfast, Falmouth www.highcliffefalmouth.com

BRONZE               The Gurnard’s Head, Treen, www.gurnardshead.co.uk

COMMENDED    Downs Barn Farm, St Buryan  www.downsbarnfarm.co.uk



Sponsored by Niddocks www.niddocks.com


GOLD                    Boscastle Farmshop & Café, Boscastle www.boscastlefarmshop.co.uk

SILVER                  Rick Stein’s Café, Padstow www.rickstein.com

SILVER                  The Waymarker, Constantine www.thewaymarker.co.uk

COMMENDED    The Park Café at Mawgan Porth, Mawgan Porth www.mawganporth.co.uk



Sponsored by Purple Cloud Consultancy www.purplecloudconsultancy.co.uk


GOLD                    Kernock Cottages, Saltash  www.kernockcottages.com



Sponsored by Pavey Group www.paveygroup.co.uk


GOLD                    Bosinver Farm Cottages, St Austell www.bosinver.co.uk

SILVER                  Treworgey Cottages, Duloe  www.cornishdreamcottages.co.uk

BRONZE               Cosawes Barton, Ponsanooth www.cosawesbarton.co.uk

COMMENDED    Farmer James Farm Holidays, St Kew www.farmerjames.co.uk

COMMENDED    Kernock Cottages, Saltash www.kernockcottages.com  

COMMENDED    Peninnis Farm Luxury Camping, St Mary’s www.peninnisfarmluxurycamping.co.uk    

COMMENDED    Restormel Manor, Lostwithiel www.duchyofcornwallholidaycottages.co.uk




Sponsored by Sue Bradbury PR www.suebradburypr.com


GOLD                    The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan www.heligan.com

SILVER                  St Michael’s Mount, Marazion www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk

BRONZE               Eden Project, Bodelva www.edenproject.com



Sponsored by Source for Business www.sourceforbusiness.co.uk


GOLD                    Farmer James of Farmer James Farm Holidays, St Kew www.farmerjames.co.uk



Sponsored by Nixon www.nixondesign.com


GOLD                    Telegraph Museum Porthcurno, Porthcurno www.porthcurno.org.uk

SILVER                  St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre, St Austell www.staustellbrewery.co.uk/visitor-centre

BRONZE               Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen www.geevor.com



Sponsored by Francis Clark www.francisclark.co.uk


GOLD                    Hell Bay Hotel, Bryher www.hellbay.co.uk

SILVER                  Talland Bay Hotel, nr Looe www.tallandbayhotel.co.uk

BRONZE               The Idle Rocks Hotel, St Mawes www.idlerocks.com


WILDLIFE FRIENDLY BUSINESS AWARD, in partnership with Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Sponsored by Kelly’s of Cornwall www.kellysofcornwall.co.uk


GOLD                    Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre at Gwel an Mor, Portreath www.feadonfarmwildlife.co.uk

SILVER                  The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan www.heligan.com

BRONZE               Perran Sands Holiday Park, Perranporth www.haven.com/parks/cornwall/perran-sands

COMMENDED    Encounter Cornwall, Golant www.encountercornwall.com

COMMENDED    Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park, Padstow www.motheriveysbay.com

COMMENDED    Trenython Manor Hotel & Spa Resort, Par www.trenython.co.uk



Sponsored by Scott Burridge Commercial www.sbcproperty.com


GOLD                    The Pandora Inn, Mylor www.pandorainn.com

SILVER                  The Ship Inn, Wadebridge  www.shipinnwadebridge.com

BRONZE               Rashleigh Arms, Charlestown www.rashleigharms.co.uk

BRONZE               The Kings Head, Ruan Lanihorne www.kingsheadruan.co.uk



Sponsored by Brewer and Bunney www.brewerandbunney.co.uk


GOLD                    Miracle Theatre, Cornwall www.miracletheatre.co.uk

GOLD                    Mobius Adventure Cornwall, Cubert www.mobiusonline.co.uk

BRONZE               Minack Theatre, Porthcurno www.minack.com

BRONZE               Padstow Seafood School, Padstow www.rickstein.com

COMMENDED    Koru Kayaking, St Agnes www.korukayaking.co.uk

COMMENDED    Scilly Seal Snorkelling, St Martins www.scillysealsnorkelling.com

COMMENDED    Ticket to Ride Surf School, Perranporth www.ttridesurfschool.co.uk



Sponsored by Hotel Perfect www.hotelperfect.co.uk


GOLD                    The Scarlet, Mawgan Porth www.scarlethotel.co.uk

SILVER                  The Headland Hotel, Newquay www.headlandhotel.co.uk

BRONZE               St Michael’s Hotel & Spa, Falmouth www.stmichaelshotel.co.uk



Sponsored by James Wellbeloved www.wellbeloved.com


GOLD                    Helsbury Park, Launceston www.helsburypark.co.uk

SILVER                  Kernock Cottages, Saltash www.kernockcottages.com

BRONZE               The Valley, Carnon Downs www.thevalleycornwall.co.uk



Sponsored by Canara Organic Farm www.apassionforfood.co.uk


GOLD                    Bosinver Farm Cottages, St Austell www.bosinver.co.uk

SILVER                  The Emerald, Carnon Downs www.emeraldcornwall.co.uk

BRONZE               Dolbeare Park, Landrake www.dolbeare.co.uk

COMMENDED    The Headland Hotel, Newquay www.headlandhotel.co.uk

COMMENDED    Kernock Cottages, Saltash www.kernockcottages.com



Sponsored by St Austell Brewery www.staustellbrewery.co.uk


GOLD                    Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Rock www.nathan-outlaw.com

SILVER                  Langmans Restaurant, Callington  www.langmansrestaurant.co.uk

BRONZE               Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, Port Isaac www.outlaws.co.uk/fishkitchen

COMMENDED    Ruin Cafe, Tresco  www.tresco.co.uk



Sponsored by Springboard www.springboard.uk.net


The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan www.heligan.com




John & Carolyn Armstrong, owners of The Headland Hotel, Newquay www.headlandhotel.co.uk



Spring Dolphins

Bottlenose Dolphin Juvenile in Newquay Bay

Baby Dolphin watching us on board "Atlantic Diver"...watching him

Spring has definitely sprung….A pod of 11 Bottlenose dolphins complete with three juveniles frollacked in the early morning Cornish Spring Sunshine in Newquay bay…”The Coast of Dreams ” early this morning. “Atlantic Diver” was out filming with the BBC for the upcoming Basking Shark season when a pod of our Celtic Bottlenose Dolphins surfaced, leaping out of the water, bubble blowing and tail slapping as they hunted in the bay.

BBC watching Dolphins from on board Atlantic Diver

Adult and Juvenile Bottlenose Dolphin playing across Atlantic Diver bow.

They came over and surfed  the Catamaran’s twin hulls before returning to the rest of the pod who were seriously hunting fish. The three youngsters then played across our bow while we were stopped while the adults were busy at the job of foraging for food. The inshore pod played with us yestsrday morning as our son Ben fished for lobster and crab off his catamaran “Atlantic Voyager” and followed him all the way out to a popular reef. Delighted sea safari passengers saw them again off Newquay Headland when one of the larger males powered over to us mid hunt aand still had a fish in his mouth…”Er….that would be …finish your food before you leave the table then !”..it was fintastic!!!! I

Cutiest Bottlenose Dolphin Calf ever....in Newquay Bay

This little dolphin was already rake marked

LOOOve dolphins cool . All of our sightings are recored and sent to Cornwall Wildlife Trust .

Sunshine, Sea Safaris and Shags galore

Cormorants and shags were out in their masses today and lucky passengers were able to see long and far due to yet another spectacular calm day at sea out on our Newquay Sea Safari. We were extremely lucky to spot a Great Northern Diver amongst a group of Cormorants perched on the rocks and also 1 male grey sea, 2 pretty female seals and 1 juvenile seal who popped their heads up to people spot us on the Bounty. A pod of approximately 15 Common Dolphins with a calf joined us riding in our  bow wave as we gradually returned to newquay Harbour spotting for dolphins and Basking Sharks.

family enjoying sea safari from aboard the Bounty

Spectacular Species

ahh fishing...perfect way to spend a day

Paul bags a cod to blog...at last!

crew man Ben with 12lb Ling

Beautiful Black Bream with blue tingesApril went out as fishing frenzy aboard the “Atlantic Diver” and May came in as Fishie Galore aboard the “Bounty”, (skippered by  Anthony Hills). A spectacular array of species was caught during our 2 and 4 hourly deep sea fishing trips with Ling up to 12lb and Black Bream to 2 1/2 lb as well as mackerel, cat shark,gurnard, cod pollack,congor eel,launce and pouting…Happy Days!! This is what sustainable fishing is all about..rod caught and plenty of different species to cook and taste.

Try this simple to cook and delicious recipe for a really fresh supper idea: