On the trail: Whale watching...you might see a shark or turtle too!
Pembrokeshire is known for its beautiful blue sea, but few people realise it is visiting home to minke whale, sei whale, fin whale, basking and great white sharks and even orca, sunfish and leatherback turtles.
Unlike the seals, porpoises and dolphins that are visible from the mainland, for the whales you have to tread the path of the pirate and head out to big sea, and more than that, you have to keep everything crossed and think lucky!
What to look for:
Minke whales reach up to 24ft are is a blackish purple in colour and paler to white underneath, but they’re easily distinguishable by a while band on each of their flippers.
Sei whales reach up to 60ft, and are a dark grey with lighter patterns on their stomach and sometimes towards their heads.
Fin whales are slender but much bigger than other whales- growing up to as much as 89ft long. They are a brownish grey with a lighter underbelly
Basking sharks are commonly seen off the Pembrokeshire coast, reaching up to 25ft in length, and clearly recognizable as they ‘bask’ ( they’re actually feeding on plankton) at the surface of the water. They vary between dark grey to black, and fade to a lighter colour beneath.
Drawn to our flourishing jellyfish population, leatherback turtles- the largest marine turtles are sometimes seen around these waters! Getting its name from the black, leathery skin that covers its shell, they visit Wales in the summer.
The world’s largest bony fish, the Sunfish can reach over 10ft! Little is known about them but they are quite unique looking! These monstrous fish can be orange, green and yellow but are mainly grey, and have a large dorsal fin, and a frilly fin that looks a little like a tail.
Search for boat trips in Pembrokeshire - and keep those fingers crossed!
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