A whale of a time in Cornwall: all aboard a marine wildlife cruise

Spotting whales, porpoises, dolphins, and a rare ocean sunfish, underlines why a UK coastal cruise is a revelation – and conservation so vital

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“Ahoy there!” came the cry, jolting us out of sun-induced drowsiness as the propeller roared to life and the boat headed towards the horizon. “Whale ahead!”

We’d been scanning flat expanses of azure water off southern Cornwall for a couple of hours in sweltering heat that had seemingly sent the sea to sleep, but now our patience had been rewarded. From the flybridge, keen-eyed AK Wildlife Cruises operator Keith Leeves had spotted a dark shape briefly breaking the surface some distance away.

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