Cornish Coast | Killer whales Spotted
Some unusual visitors have been spotted off of Cornwall. Two killer whales have been spotted off the south coast of Cornwall.The pair of orcas were sighted in Gerrans Bay, near Portscatho on the Roseland peninsula on Wednesday.
The Wildlife Trust said: “We’ve had a report of 2 Orca…yes, ORCA!! in Gerrans Bay on the south coast yesterday – 2 big fins and one breached clear out of the water!
“We’re so excited about this sighting, and would love to get some photos of these animals if they’re still around. So why not head to the cliffs, keep your eyes on the sea and your camera by your side.”
Sightings of orcas in the UK are rare but there the Trust says they has been plenty of cetacean activity recently, so there could be a lot of food around for them.
Orcas have been spotted off the south coast of Cornwall before – by a kayaker near Mevagissey. A mother and calf were also spotted near Padstow in 2011
Orcas, or killer whales, are the largest creatures in the dolphin family and are marine predators. They eat fish, squid, seabirds, seals, sea lions and even whales.They often hunt in pods and swim in cold, coastal waters, but they can be found from the polar regions to the Equator.
Any sightings should be reported to Cornwall Wildlife Turst.
Cornwall offers a huge variety of habitats for a wide variety of wildlife. Mammals of both land and sea, fascinating birds and plantlife, a wealth of marine animals and plants.
From the cliffs of the coast to wild moors, woods and forests, hedgerows, heathland and winding river valleys, Cornwall’s natural environment is home to thousands of interesting animals and plants.
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