Sunday, 9 September 2012

Views of the Atlantic

Situated on the Cornish coast, Porthleven is a small habour town, it was once home to lots of small fishing boats.  But due to the decline in fishing stocks and the emergence of large fishing boats the fishing fleet is now massively reduced.
.
.
So Porthleven, like a lot of Cornwall, is now reduced to accommodating tourists and holidaymakers like ourselves.
The local fishing industry is not the only victim of the reduction in fish stocks - the herring gull is now more likely to be found inland than on the coast. Those that have stayed make a living by stealing and hassling tourists, such as this one perched outside our cottage:
.
.
Other sea birds to suffer are cormorants and shags, with the former also moving inland and now considered by some to be a pest due to the amount of fish they eating at private fishing lakes.
.
.
A more optimistic sight is the pod of four dolphins which swam past the cottage (a converted net loft on a cliff) every morning.
.
.
They would then swim to the habour entrance, as if they were entertaining the tourists, before swimming on elsewhere.
.
.
.
It was only when reviewing the photographers that we noticed, one of the Dolphins was a youngster 
.

3 comments:

  1. Mate, great post - I can smell the sea air! Love the Dolphin shots, ... excellent work.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi Paul,

    I can also still smell the sea air, guess it's time I washed my socks.

    Thanks, it's always great to see a Dolphin, especially as we're land locked in this part of the UK.

    Richard

    ReplyDelete
  3. Great photos !!

    Never seen dolphins so again, most envious!

    ReplyDelete