Basking shark taken from seawatch Mylor Falmouth Cornwall charter boat for wildlife trips

Falmouth Wildlife

Wildlife in Falmouth Bay

Falmouth and the surrounding area is an area rich in wildlife as a marine biodiversity hotspot steeped in history linked to the sea and best viewed by boat. 

Watch the Cormorants dive and resurface looking for dinner. In the winter why not wrap up and snuggle in our heated crew room with a hot drink you can watch the wildlife in comfort, theres still plenty to be seen at this time of year. We have super pods of hundreds of Common Dolphin a truly fantastic sight as they frolic and jump along with the boat. While our Bottlenose & Risso Dolphin and Harbour Porpoise are here most of the year.


In the spring the seas begin to warm up as does the land with its flowers, we see a bloom of plankton attracting many species, most famously the Basking Sharks one of the largest fish in the world growing to 12 metres/39 feet. They cruise the water with their enormous mouths wide open to eat vast quantities of the plankton. Other species of Shark common to Falmouth are Blue, Porbeagle and Thresher. Sandeels are also drawn to the plankton and are food themselves for a number of different species of fish animal and bird.


Summer comes with the return of the Atlantic BlueFin Tuna and Minke Whale, the Sunfish the largest bony fish in the world and large Barrell Jellyfish are a real sight to see.

 Autumn is a great time for the the local Grey Seal colonies, the largest on the South coast of Cornwall. Pups are born now on remote beaches and hidden caves, born pure white with huge black eyes. Autumn also a time for our migratory birds to be on the move. Otters too are making a fantastic recovery amongst the rich wooded esturies of the Fal and Helford rivers. Not to mention the array of aquatic sea birds and underwater species that thrive here.


For those of you who are more adventurous we are the only wildlife boat in Cornwall that will offer you the amazing experience to interact with Basking Sharks, Dolphins, Sunfish, Blue Sharks and Bluefin Tuna by joining them in the water on one of our Exclusive Dive Snorkelling Trips.

Falmouth Wildlife Trips