Wildlife Sightings

If you see any interesting wildlife in the Fowey Estuary or its surroundings we would like to hear about it.

Please contact Fowey Harbour Office Email: reception@foweyharbour.co.uk

Report any wildlife sightings to the Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly (ERCCIS) using www.orks.org.uk

Live stranded dolphins or whales to British Divers Marine Life Rescue 01825 765546 (24 hours) immediately

Dead stranded animals to Cornwall Marine Strandings Network 0345 201 2626 (24 hours)

Disturbance or harassment of animals to Police 08705 777444 immediately or to the Cornwall Marine and Coastal Code Organisation 0345 201 2626 (24 hours)

For advice about live, injured or distressed seals contact the Cornwall Seal Sanctuary 01326 221361

Fish sightings and finds of stranded fish to Information Officer, National Marine Aquarium 01752 275216 fishreports@national-aquarium.co.uk

Responsible Wildlife Watching

Cornwall's coastal and marine wildlife is under pressure and a whole host of organisations have come together to form a group called the Marine and Coastal Code to tackle the important issue of marine wildlife disturbance and raise the issue of the protection of our coastal wildlife.

The key messages are:

Learn: find out first. Learn as much as you can about what wildlife you might see where and know the best way to act around it. This will help you improve your chances of great sightings.
See: be alert whilst out and about.
Respect: act appropriately and aim to leave wildlife as you found it.
Report: see the big picture. Understand that our coastal and marine wildlife has numerous encounters with people. Tell us about your sighting and any disturbance you see.


Please be aware of the following codes of conduct to prevent harassment of marine wildlife:

Dolphin and Whale watching Code of Conduct

Basking Shark watching Code of Conduct


Recent Sightings

Thursday 22nd February 2015

'Clet' the bottlenose dolphin with the damaged dorsal fin back in Fowey, seen by Bodinnick Ferry

Thursday 29th January 2015

'Clet' the bottlenose dolphin with the damaged dorsal fin seen playing with the Polruan ferry in the lower harbour.

Marine Connection have been tracking this dolphin and it is said to be one of the most travelled individuals they have ever recorded.

It was seen off Falmouth on Tuesday 27th Jan. It spent a lot of last summer in Ireland, was off Mull in November, Isle of Man in December and Milford Haven just a couple of weeks ago.



Saturday 31st May 2014 - Pod of Dolphins in the harbour, lots of reports recieved all day, they were playing with the sailing boats during their racing.
(Photo courtesy of Encounter Cornwall Canoe & Kayak Trips)


Thursday 29th May 2014 - Common seal hauled out on the foreshore at Golant (Photo courtesy of Encounter Cornwall Canoe & Kayak Trips)















Saturday 12th April 2014 (0845h) - Dolphin sighted between Polruan castle and Lamp Rock, repeated breaching behaviour

Thursday 10th April 2014 - 2 Otters sighted near Penpoll creek


Fowey Harbour
Tel: +44 (0)1726 832471   Email: fhc@foweyharbour.co.uk