There’s been a sighting of two killer whales – or orcas – off the coast of Cornwall

June 10, 2016

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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.

A sighting of two fins and one of the creatures breaching clear of the water was reported to Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Seaquest Southwest Project.

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, which led to warnings to people to stay out of the water.

However, some members of the public have questioned whether this week’s sighting may actually have been Risso’s Dolphins, like these, which were shared on the Trust’s Facebook page by Claire Whetter.




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