During the summer months whales, dolphins and porpoises are regularly spotted from the deck of the Scillonian III on its journey’s between Penzance and St Mary’s. During July and August the conservation charity ORCA are onboard watching for the cetaceans and recording sightings. Passengers on the route should keep an eye out for common dolphin, Risso’s dolphins and even humpback and minke whales and orcas, which are all species we have seen during summer months.
From the land, Deep Point on the east coast of St Mary’s is a great vantage point to spot common dolphins and harbour porpoise.
For more information visit ORCA
Wildlife spotting boat trips also leave from St Mary’s Harbour
Visiting St Mary’s
Check out our island page for St Mary’s for more information
You might also be interested in:
- Walk the coastal path around the whole island – see our Islandeering route
- Watch a gig race
- Walk The Garrison
- Flowers of St Mary’s
- Visit islets off St Mary’s
- Wild swimming on St Mary’s
- Scilly Swim Challenge & inter-island swims
- Coasteering on St Mary’s
- Visiting ancient and historic sites
- Sea kayaking
The other Scilly Isles are also excellent destinations and all within easy reach of St Mary’s using the characterful inter-island boats.
Other islands of the British Isles
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