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orcas seen in Cornish waters not far from our hotel in Fowey, Cornwall

A pair of killer whales, known as orcas, have been sighted off the south coast, not far from our hotel in Fowey, Cornwall. The sighting on Wednesday was reported to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust's Seaquest Southwest Project.



The pair were seen in Gerrans Bay near Portscatho, and their distinctive dorsal fins were easy to see above the water. A spokesperson for The Wildlife Trust said: "We've had a report of two orcas in Gerrans Bay on the South Coast yesterday - two 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."

It is rare to see orcas in UK waters but the Trust says there has been plenty of cetacean activity recently so that means that there is a lot of food bringing them closer to the coast. Orcas have been spotted around Cornwall before, by a kayaker near Mevagissey and a mother and calf were spotted near Padstow in 2011.

Orcas, or killer whales, are the largest of the dolphin family and are one of the fiercest marine predators, known for hunting fish, squid, seabirds, seals, sea lions and even whales. They hunt in pods and have been noted to be tactical during their hunts for food. They are usually found in cold coastal waters but have been seen in polar regions and in places close to the Equator.

If you see any exciting animals in Cornish waters while staying at The Cormorant like basking sharks, dolphin pods and maybe more orcas, report them to the Trust and be sure to keep your camera close to grab some spectacular shots!

Photo by: Ocat

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